We are happy to have donated nearly two million pounds of produce over the past 8 years!

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Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq.

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Mr. Asaud Frazier

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Mr. Pete Charlerie

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Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq.

Founder & Director

Jillian Hishaw, Esq., MacArthur Foundation Awardee is the Author of “Don’t Bet the Farm on Medicaid” and “Systematic Land Theft,” and the Founder & CEO of Hishaw Law LLC., Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.), an international non-profit that works to protect land ownership for rural small farmers while reducing hunger in the farmer’s community. Hishaw has donated nearly two million pounds of produce in five countries and have saved millions in land assets. In 2017, Hishaw was recognized as a “Food Changemaker” by CLIF Bar Co. and has been interviewed by O (Oprah) Magazine, the Atlantic, Vice News, the Washington Post and more. Hishaw has 20 years of professional experience and was voted by Food Tank to be 1 out of 15 women changing food systems in the world.

As a philanthropist, Hishaw has raised thousands of dollars for charitable food programs and has been interviewed by various academic, newspaper and podcast outlets. Additionally, Hishaw has published several law review and American Bar Association newsletter articles published in outlets such as Politco, the Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, the Journal of Food Law & Policy, the Atlantic and more. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University, Law Degree and Legal Masters in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Hishaw’s recent advocacy work for Black farmers in the hemp and cannabis space has led to published op-ed articles in Civil Eats, The Counter, and HempLand U.S.A. In 2017, Hishaw was recognized as a Food Changemaker by the Clif Bar Foundation and has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Atlantic, Vice News, The Washington Post, and more. In 2019, the Food Tank organization voted Hishaw 1 of 15 women in the World Impacting the Food Industry.

Hishaw has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Tuskegee University, plus a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law school. Hishaw’s own land loss experience has influenced her commitment to law and advocacy work in agriculture and asset protection. To learn more, please visit www.jillianhishaw.com

Mr. Asaud Frazier

Intern

Asaud Frazier is from Columbus, Ohio and attended Tuskegee University in 2011, where he received a bachelors in Environmental Science with a specialization in horticulture. Upon graduating he started working with a non-profit, providing technical assistance to farmers in the Black belt region of Alabama.

In 2018 he returned to Tuskegee for his masters in Plant & Soil Science, thus gaining a better knowledge of agriculture. In 2019 he took on a consulting position while still in school, helping a family grow industrial hemp. After graduating, Asaud decided to start Ella Bea’s Farm on his family’s property in Alabama. Currently, Asaud manages nearly 200 acres, with nearly 15 being cultivated. Asaud, will be assisting us with research, writing, and program management. F.A.R.M.S., is happy to have Asaud on our team!

Ms. Barbara Bernier, J.D.

Director of Legal Oversight
Mac Arthur Funded position 

An experienced law professor and leader in legal education for more than twenty years, Professor Bernier has significant administrative experience in establishing several nascent law schools as well as program development and implementation. While her law teaching expertise is comprehensive, Constitutional Law is her primary focus and more specifically, issues concerning Gender and the International Human Rights of Women. Her interests are underscored by her service as a Faculty Advisor to Women’s Law organizations at several law schools.

Professor Bernier’s most recently offered classes include: The Supreme Court, Constitutional Law, Comparative International Law as well as the law of Property. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University School of Divinity and her international teaching experience includes semesters abroad at the Universities of Innsbruck, Austria and Reims, France.

Professor Bernier is a graduate of Howard University School of Law (JD), Temple University (LLM). She also holds a Certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights Strasbourg, France and a Diploma from the University of Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France. Selected Bar Association Memberships include: The Supreme Court of the United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, The United States District Court for the District of Columbia, The United States District Court – Eastern District, United States Court of Appeals – 3rd Circuit, The District of Columbia, and The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

EDUCATION

JD Howard University School of Law
LLM Temple University School of Law
Diploma, University of Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France
Certificate, International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France

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