The purpose of the Excellence in Agricultural Law Award is to recognize AALA members for outstanding contributions to the legal profession and the agricultural community. The AALA Awards Committee may select up to four awardees annually, with the goal of recognizing one member in each of four AALA membership areas:
· Private practice/corporate
· Non-governmental organization
Professor Hipp currently serves as the Director of the Indigenous Food & Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law. Janie was nominated for the award by Professor Susan Schneider, Director of the LL.M. Program in Agricultural and Food Law and William H. Enfield Professor of Law. The LL.M. Program and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative honored Janie with a small ceremony recognizing her accomplishments. Dean Stacy Leeds and visiting Professor David Grahn were on hand to congratulate Janie. David Grahn, a long time friend to the LL.M. Program, and visiting Professor of Law was in Fayetteville to teach a very popular condensed course in Agricultural Policy and the Federal Budget. David is the Associate General Counsel for Rural Development at the USDA.