Found it [new teaching job] thanks to AALA–both the listserve and contacts I made through the organization! – T.D., AALA Member

What is AALA?

The American Agricultural Law Association (AALA) is a national professional organization focusing on the legal needs of the agricultural community. Crossing traditional barriers, it offers an independent, nonpartisan forum for investigation of innovative and workable solutions to complex agricultural law problems. This role has taken on greater importance in the midst of the current international and environmental issues, reshaping agriculture and the impending technological advances which promise equally dramatic changes.

AALA Bylaws


Starting in 2012, the AALA has discontinued its printed newsletter in favor of an online posting of articles and news items on agricultural law.  Members are encouraged to submit articles, case summaries and other developments about agricultural law.  The AALA home page will contain the most recent articles and members will be required to log on to read the full articles.

Annual AALA Conference issue of Drake Journal of Agricultural Law

A second publication provided to members is the the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law agricultural law symposium issue. This symposium issue publishes articles which are expanded versions of presentations of topics to the Annual Educational Conference of the Association. These issues are obtained through an online download, with notification by e-mail.  Members may request a printed version instead.

Annual Educational Conferences

The AALA sponsors annual educational conferences that continue to provide excellent opportunities for professional growth. These two-day conferences allow for detailed coverage of those subject matter areas in which the practitioner intends to maintain a degree of practice expertise, as well as meeting experts and other practitioners of your field. Topics may range from accounting (farm) to zoning (rural). In addition to the traditional areas, new issues in agricultural biotechnology, environmental law, international trade issues, and the impending technological advances reshaping agriculture may be covered.