Leadership Team

Contact Us

Melanie B. JacobsMelanie B. Jacobs
Senior Associate Dean of Admissions & International Programs

Dean Jacobs joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2002 and has been Associate Dean of Graduate and International Programs since July 1, 2013.  In addition to her faculty and teaching responsibilities, she has held numerous leadership roles including Chair of the Law College Faculty Advisory Council, Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee to the Provost, and she is the current Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Family & Juvenile Law Section.  Professor Jacobs’s scholarly expertise is in family law and her articles have been published in such journals as the Arizona State Law Journal, Buffalo Law Review, and Yale Journal of Law & Feminism.  Dean Jacobs has also given many national and international lectures and presentations related to her work.  Her current scholarship focuses on moving beyond biological bases of parental determination and re-framing the legal parent-child relationship.  She received her A.B. from Columbia University in New York City, her J.D. from Boston University, and her LL.M. in Legal Education from Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is admitted to the Massachusetts Bar.

Neal FortinNeal Fortin
Director, Global Food Law Program and Institute for Food Laws and Regulations

Neal Fortin is professor and director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University and a practicing food law attorney. Professor Fortin is also an affiliate professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. He teaches the courses United States Food Law, International Food Law, Codex Alimentarius, Food and Drug Law, and Nutrition Law and Policy. Previously, Professor Fortin worked for the Michigan Department of Agriculture where he was the primary drafter of the Michigan Food Law of 2000 and manager of the food service regulatory program. As a practicing attorney, he concentrated in food law representing food companies. He is a prolific author and speaker. His textbook, Food Regulation: Law, Science, Policy, and Practice, is available from Wiley & Sons. He is a graduate from Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. Professor Fortin was the 2009 recipient of a Michigan State University Distinguished Faculty Award for his teaching in food safety. He serves on the dietary supplement committee of the Food and Drug Law Institute. He is past President of the North Central Association of Food & Drug Officials and past President of the Great Lakes Conference on Food Protection. He served as a Commissioner for the Michigan Local Public Health Accreditation Program, the Advisory Council of the Michigan Community Health Leadership Institute, and the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants.

Carrie FeehelieCarrie Feeheley
Interim Assistant Dean of Admissions and International Programs

Carrie Feeheley is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, with interests in international law, mediation, and gender law. She is a certified civil mediator. Carrie manages admissions, marketing, student services, and programming for the MSU Law graduate programs, as well as exchange programs and international partnerships. She also manages admissions and marketing for the College's Advanced Standing J.D. program. Carrie speaks Russian and French. Prior to joining MSU Law, Carrie was the marketing director for a national dispute resolution company that specialized in providing mediation and arbitration services, and also served as a consultant for companies developing conflict resolution systems. While in law school, she also worked as a lobbyist and member services manager for real estate and energy trade associations in Michigan.

Leslie JohnsonLeslie Johnson
Coordinator, Global Food Law Program

Leslie Johnson joined the Global Food Law Program as Program Coordinator in 2016. Leslie serves as a resource for prospective students by providing information regarding admission requirements, degree financing options, curricular planning and other related issues; serves as the academic advisor to current and continuing students; and works with graduates as they join the Spartan Alumni Network. Her passion for working with diverse student populations, commitment to excellence, and interest in quality online learning are evident in her work across the Global Food Law program. Leslie was the Administrative Director for the MSU College of Human Medicine’s online Program in Public Health for over seven years and brings that experience to the College of Law. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from MSU and recently received her Master of Science in Management, Strategy & Leadership from the Broad College of Business.

Lisa WillsonLisa Willson
SEVIS and Admissions Coordinator

Lisa Willson coordinates and manages the processing of all applications for the Office of Graduate and International Programs (OGIP). Lisa’s support of the Global Food Law Program includes responding to prospective students’ questions, answering questions regarding the status of applications, ensuring the timely review of applications, and continues until new students are fully admitted to the Global Food Law program. In her role of SEVIS coordinator, Ms. Wilson assists international students with their U.S VISA-related issues whether to attend one of the College of Law’s on campus programs or to help international Global Food Law students arrange a visa to attend graduation. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management from the MSU Eli Broad College of Business.