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Annie Kate Lipscomb and David Lee

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Law students Annie Kate Lipscomb and David Lee won the 2020 Kaitlin LaBuda Award and the Arent Fox / Dale Bumpers Excellence in Writing Award 2020, respectively. Both awards recognize outstanding contributions to the Journal of Food Law and Policy at the School of Law.

The Kaitlin LaBuda Award is given to a journalist who inspires others in the journal and cheerfully encourages their colleagues to do good work. The namesake of the award was a student and a candidate for the Journal of Food Law and Policy who died during her sophomore year. She was known for her dedication to the diary, her enthusiasm, and her ability to inspire her colleagues.

Lipscomb is entering her third law degree and will continue to run the magazine as the note and comment editor for 2020-21. She is from Rogers and spent the summer of 2019 as an external contractor for the Hon. Kristine Baker, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Lipscomb earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas.

The Excellence in Writing Award was launched in honor of the former Arkansas governor and US Senator Dale Bumpers. Arent Fox law firm selects an article from among the articles produced by the magazine's editors. Lee's article "Bans on Organic Waste: Beyond the Compost Heap" will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal. The award includes a cash prize.

Lee is entering his third year of law school and will continue the magazine as an editorial member for 2020-21. Growing up in Fayetteville, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Missouri State University and a Masters of Arts in the Department of Intercultural Affairs from Dallas Theological Seminary.

Bumpers became an attorney at Arent Fox, then known as Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin and Kahn, in his Washington, DC office after he left the Senate in 1999. He represented a wide range of clients in the medical, food and aerospace industries with the company from 2000-10. Founded in 1942, the firm now has around 400 lawyers in offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC. She has given the magazine's annual writing award since the magazine's inception and has continued to honor the magazine's students after Bumpers passed away in 2000 in 2016.

The Journal of Food Law and Policy has long been recognized as a leader in the publication of articles and essays on food law and its impact on society. When the magazine's inaugural edition was published in 2005, no other student-edited magazine was devoted to this important topic, and few law schools recognized the emerging discipline of food law and food policy. Since that time, the magazine has led the nation to recognize the importance of studying the legal framework of our food system. It appears twice a year and is edited by dedicated law students at the University of Arkansas School of Law.

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