Excellence in Agricultural Law


The purpose of the AALA’s Excellence in Agricultural Law Award is to recognize AALA members for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the agricultural community. These awards may acknowledge members from professional sectors, including one from each of the following sectors.

  1. Private Practice
  2. Academia
  3. Government
  4. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  5. In-House Counsel


The AALA awards committee will select recipients who have made outstanding contributions to agricultural law through any of the following.

  • Legal Representation
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Professionalism
  • Pro Bono Service
  • Public Education Programming
  • Classroom Teaching
  • Public Policy
  • Public Service
  • Leadership
  • Court and Appellate Cases

Where to Submit

Please e-mail your nominations to info@aglaw-assn.org with the name of the award in the subject line. The deadline is September 15.

Past Recipients

Academic Government Non-Governmental Private Practice
2023 Elizabeth Rumley Brad Deacon David Barrett
2022 Michael Olexa Michael Formica Amber Miller
2021 Paul Goeringer Ashley Ellixson Marvin Beshore
2020 Wayne Hayenga Don Downing
2019 Tiffany Dowell Lashmet Cort Jensen Janie Hipp Jim Bradbury
2018 Jesse J. Richardson Jr. David Bracht Eldon McAfee



Drew L. Kershen Brian C. Buescher



Peggy Kirk Hall Mike Traxinger David LeBas

Ted Feitshans


Justin Schneider Tom Carrato

Shannon Ferrell


Janie Hipp Stephen Carpenter Cari Rincker

John Becker


Beth Crocker Mark Thornburg Ed Small

Margaret “Peggy” Grossman


Ray Starling John Huffaker

Don Uchtmann


David Grahn Larry Gearhardt David Waggoner

Harrison M. Pittman


Patrick K. Costello