Professional Scholarship Award



Each year, our organization also presents AALA Scholarship Awards which are intended to recognize and encourage scholarly work of AALA Members. Two Professional Scholarship Awards may be presented. One for academic work (journals, articles, etc.) and another for court briefs that cover a specific agricultural topic or legal analysis. Both awards are open to both AALA members and non-members.


In selecting professional winners, the AALA Awards Committee considers criteria including the excellence in quality of writing, the relevance to important legal issues in agriculture, broadly defined, the clarity of analysis, the potential impact, and other attributes of scholarship.

Academic Articles on an agricultural topic:

  • Journals
  • Articles
  • Other published materials

Court Briefs:

  • Thorough analysis or discussion on an agricultural topic

Where to submit:

Please email your nominations to with the name of the award in the subject line. The deadline is August 15, 2021.

Past Recipients: 


Decoding Water Law: Ten Areas of Texas Water Law Every Ag Lawyer Should Know, 5 Tex. A&M J. Prop. L. 449 (2019).

Jason T. Hill & Victoria R. Messer


2019 Statutes of Limitation and Crop Insurance

Chad G. Marzen



Defining the Role of Conservation in Agricultural Conservation Easements, 44 Ecology L. Q. 627 (2017).

Jess R. Phelps





Levitt & Negowetti, Agricultural “Market Touching”: Modernizing Trespass to Chattels in Crop Contamination Cases, 38 Univ. Hawai’i L. Rev. 409-445 (2016).

Adam J. Levitt and Nicole Negowetti



Whole Foods: The FSMA and the Challenges of Defragmenting Food Safety Regulation, 41 American Journal of Law & Medicine, 447-458 (2015).

Stephanie Tai

2015 …………….

Agricultural Biotechnology—An Opportunity to Feed a World of Ten Billion, 118 Penn. St. L. Rev. 859 (2015).

Nina V. Fedoroff and Drew L. Kershen