Christy Anderson Brekken

 

Christy Anderson Brekken is an Instructor and Research Associate in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon. She received her law degree from the University of Minnesota in 2005, then completed a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University in 2011.

From 2003 to 2006, Christy  was a law clerk at Farmers’ Legal Action Group in St. Paul, MN, where she did legal research and writing on topics affecting family farmers. She …

Elizabeth Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

Beth Rumley was raised on a small family farm in Ida, Michigan. She attended Michigan State University, where she was an active competitor, president, and captain of the Mock Trial team that participated in competitions across the Midwest. She also interned in the chambers of Magistrate Judge Virginia M. Morgan, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. After graduating from MSU in 2004, Beth returned home and commuted to law school at the University of Toledo, where she graduated …

Stephanie Showalter Otts, Director, National Sea Grant Law Center, University of Mississippi School of Law

Stephanie Showalter Otts is the Director of the National Sea Grant Law Center (NSGLC) and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Legal Program at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Stephanie received a B.A. in History from Penn State University and a joint J.D./Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Mississippi. As Director, Stephanie oversees a variety of legal education, research, and outreach activities, including providing legal research services

Rusty Rumley, Senior Staff Attorney, National Agricultural Law Center

Rusty Rumley was born and raised on a family farm in Cogar, Oklahoma. He graduated magna cum laude from Oklahoma State University in 2004 with a B.S. in AgriBusiness and in 2007 earned his juris doctor from the University of Oklahoma. While attending the University of Oklahoma he was a member of the American Indian Law Review and worked part-time for Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation.  After law school, Rusty earned his LL.M in Agricultural Law at the University of …

Ross Pifer, Director, Center for Agricultural & Shale Law, Penn State Law

Ross Pifer is a Clinical Law Professor at Penn State Law where he teaches agricultural law and serves as Director of the Center for Agricultural & Shale Law.  Ross has presented widely throughout Pennsylvania, as well as nationally and internationally, on shale gas and agricultural law topics to audiences comprised of judges, attorneys, legislators, government officials, landowners, and the general public. His research interests are shale gas development and the interface between agricultural and residential development as well as …

Peggy Kirk Hall, Director, Agricultural & Resource Law Program, The Ohio State University

Peggy Kirk Hall is an assistant professor and field specialist in agricultural and resource law.   Hall is a graduate of The Ohio State University (B.S., M.S., Natural Resource Policy) and the University of Wyoming College of Law (J.D.), where she served on the Land & Water Law Review.  She is a Past President and Board Member of the American Agricultural Law Association; Past Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Agricultural Law Committee and served as an Advisory Board Member …

Harrison Pittman, Director, National Agricultural Law Center

Harrison Pittman serves as Director of the National Agricultural Law Center, the nation’s leading source of agricultural and food law research and information.  The National Agricultural Law Center is the lead institution for the eXtension Ag & Food Law CoP.  The Center also leads the Agricultural & Food Law Consortium, a four-university partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library, designed to enhance and expand the delivery of objective and agricultural and food law research and information …

Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, University of Maryland

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Paul Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture. Prior to coming to the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Paul worked at the University of Arkansas where his legal research was focused in the areas of environmental compliance, right-to-farm laws, agricultural leasing laws, contracting issues, federal farm program compliance, recreational use and agritourism issues, and estate planning issues in agriculture. Through this research Paul developed educational materials to better help Arkansas’s agricultural producers understand and manage …