Photograph: Barn in field.

Agricultural Law

Agricultural Law is a specialized area that is often treated in unique ways by the legal and tax systems in the United States. Recognizing the importance of preparing our students to effectively represent the farming and ranching communities, and the agribusiness enterprises that support agriculture, Washburn Law has assembled an impressive group of professors to serve its students, alumni, and the lawyers and tax specialists who deal with agricultural law and taxation issues on a daily basis.

Washburn Law faculty and the courses they teach include:

  • Professor Roger McEowen (Estate and Business Planning for Farmers and Ranchers; Farm and Ranch Taxation; Commercial Transactions and Bankruptcy in Agriculture; Water, Environmental, and Regulatory Law Impacting Agriculture; he is also editor of the Washburn Agricultural Law & Tax Report (WALTR));
  • Professor Burke Griggs (Agricultural Law; Public Land Law);
  • Professor Leland Rolfs (Water Law);
  • Professor Timothy O'Sullivan (Estate Planning); and
  • Professor Myrl Duncan (Environmental Law).

In addition, Professor David Pierce teaches, writes, and speaks on issues associated with the second major rural land use in Kansas and many other states: oil and gas development.

Washburn Law is also dedicated to ensuring the availability of effective legal representation in rural Kansas, which led to the partnership with Kansas State University on the "Rural Legal Practice Initiative." The ultimate goal of the initiative is to assist students, and potential students, in considering career opportunities for a law-trained graduate working in rural communities. A generous grant from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation provides students with opportunities to experience life and law practice in a rural community, as well as to interest them in pursuing careers in rural Kansas, as part of Washburn Law's Rural Externship Program.

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Agricultural Law Society
Photograph: Agricultural Law Society members at their annual BBQ with faculty, legislators, and other agriculture professionals.

The Agricultural Law Society sponsors lunchtime and other programs to educate the next generation of leaders and promote the understanding of agriculture practices and laws. A highlight is the Society's annual BBQ which brings together students, legislators, professors, and agriculture professionals for networking and an exchange of ideas.