Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AALA Recognizes Janie Hipp with Excellence in Agricultural Law Award

Congratulations are in order for LL.M. Alumna Janie Simms Hipp. Professor Hipp was recognized during the American Agricultural Law Associations annual conference with an Excellence in Agricultural Law Award.

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
· Academia
· Government
· Non-governmental organization

Janie was recognized for her work in the Government category, having served as Senior Advisor to Secretary Vilsack for Tribal Relations during her time at USDA. Her former positions at USDA included Director of the Risk Management Education Division and National Program Leader (NPL) for Risk Management Education (RME), Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers and Fishermen, Farm Financial Management, and Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program for USDA's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

In the 1990s, she worked with the National Center for Agricultural Law Research and Information at the University of Arkansas School of Law, serving as staff attorney, Associate Director, and Interim Director.  She taught within the University of Arkansas higher education system, teaching a variety of agricultural, environmental, administrative law, and environmental justice courses for the College of Agriculture, the College of Geosciences, Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College and the School of Law (in the LL.M. Program).
Janie is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation. She is co-founder of the Intertribal Native Women and Youth in Agriculture 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.

Janie has worked for her entire professional life in agricultural law, serving in many different capacities. And, she has been involved in AALA every step of the way. Congratulations Janie.

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