Faculty and Instructors
International Business Transactions (512B)
Professor Barnhizer graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review. After graduation, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Richard L. Nygaard, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, and for the Honorable Robert B. Krupansky, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, sitting by designation on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Professor Barnhizer has practiced as a litigator with the law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Before joining the MSU College of Law faculty, he was an adjunct professor of law at American University - Washington College of Law, where he taught legal reasoning, research, and writing. At MSU Law, he teaches Contracts, Contract Theory, Business Enterprises, Securities Litigation, and Legal History. His current research projects involve private law responses to forced labor in the chocolate trade, approaches to evaluating contractual assent, and contract issues within alcohol distribution systems.
International Commercial Arbitration (512K)
Mary A. Bedikian is the former district vice president for the Detroit Region of the American Arbitration Association; she worked for the organization for 28 years. Her extensive experience in ADR spans many sectors, including labor, commercial, construction, international, and employment. She has trained mediators and arbitrators in both the process and substance of ADR. In 1987, Professor Bedikian created one of the first interactive ADR courses in Michigan, which is taught at various law schools in Michigan. She served as an adjunct professor at both the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and Wayne State University Law School for more than 10 years. Professor Bedikian is well published. In 1988, she won first prize in the Sixth Annual National Labor Law Writing Competition for her article titled “Riding on the Horns of a Dilemma: The Law of Contract Versus the Law of Public Policy.” Professor Bedikian also co-authored two practice books in ADR: Michigan Pleading and Practice, Volumes 8A and 8B (West Services, Inc.), and Michigan Practice Series—ADR (Thomson West). Bedikian was instrumental in creating the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan. She received the Distinguished Service Award in Recognition of Significant Contributions to the Field of Alternative Dispute Resolution from the section in 1999. Professor Bedikian has acted as mediator in hundreds of cases since 1981. She was invited to be part of a special Court of Appeals mediation panel in 1994. She also has served as arbitrator in employment cases. Professor Bedikian received her J.D. from MSU College of Law where she served on the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board.
Melissa Card Abela
Food Regulation in Canada (810C)
Regulatory Leadership in Food Law (810U)
FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification Program
FSMA: Produce Safety
FSMA: Preventive Control for Human Food
Melissa M. Card joined the MSU College of Law faculty in 2016 as a Global Food Law instructor and Associate Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations. Previously, Professor Card was an associate in the Food, Beverage & Hospitality and Litigation Practice Groups of Clark Hill PLC where she assisted food manufacturers on regulatory food and beverage law issues by ensuring companies comply with numerous regulations.
Professor Card graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School with a certification in Health Law and Bioethics. A former professional ballerina, she completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with concentrations in Spanish and Anthropology.
Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture (810N)
Biotechnology Law and Food Products (810P)
Jeff Carter-Johnson is an Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University College of Law and Coordinator for the Intellectual Property Start-Up Project, the intellectual property clinic at MSU Law. His research interests include the regulation of university research and technology transfer from university research to the private sector. Dr. Carter-Johnson received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. He then received his Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Virginia, where his research was in the fields of virology and molecular biology. Subsequently, Dr. Carter-Johnson was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan. After his Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dr. Carter-Johnson attended Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, where he received his J.D.
Administrative Law – Focus on Food Safety and Labelling (810K)
Professor Copland’s experience in public speaking and advocacy began in high school, where she was a competitive member of the debate and forensics teams. In college, Professor Copland was a member of the University of Michigan debate team, and was ranked among the top five national debate teams. After graduating, she taught and coached debate at the University of Louisville for one year. She then began her legal experience as a student at the University of Michigan law school, where she was a finalist in the Campbell Moot Court Competition, a participant and coach in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, a member of the University of Michigan International Law Journal, and a recipient of the “case club” award, several book awards, and the S. Anthony Benton Memorial Award. After receiving her law degree, Professor Copland clerked for the Honorable Peter D. O’Connell at the Michigan Court of Appeals. She then practiced for a number of years in commercial litigation at Dickinson Wright, where she primarily represented various telecommunications and utility companies and organizations. Professor Copland was employed as Corporate Counsel for Sterling Commercial Credit until 2011. Professor Copland is a member of the State Bars of Michigan and Indiana and is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the Administrative Law Section of the Michigan Bar Association. Professor Copland has taught Moot Court Competition at MSU College of Law since August 2009. Professor Copland also is the acting faculty advisor to the MSU Law Moot Court Board.
Foundations of Law and Legal Research (807A)
Brent Domann earned his B.A. in Philosophy, magna cum laude, from Bowling Green State University in 2006 and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law in 2008. He practiced law in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in 2010 joined MSU College of Law as a reference librarian. He manages the Law College’s digital repository and has helped to transition the Law College’s journals to a digital publishing format. He received his M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University in 2012. At MSU Law he teaches courses on legal research and foundations of law.
Advertising Law: Food Focus (810T)
Adam Ekonomon is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at The J. M. Smucker Company where he is primarily responsible for legal compliance of all Marketing and Regulatory related matters. Mr. Ekonomon’s practice focuses on advertising, marketing and promotion law, including advertising compliance, advising on product claims and substantiation, drafting and negotiating agency, license and talent agreements, and promotion structure and compliance. Mr. Ekonomon also advises in the areas of food labeling, food safety and regulatory compliance. He is also responsible for managing Smucker’s trademarks worldwide. Mr. Ekonomon earned his B.S. in Finance at Youngstown State University, his J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law, and his Masters from the University of Akron Graduate School of Business. In 2015, he received his LL.M. in Global Food Law from Michigan State University College of Law.
International Food Laws and Regulations (810D)
Food Regulation in the U.S. (810A)
Neal Fortin is professor and director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University. Mr. Fortin is also an affiliate professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Fortin teaches the courses United States Food Law, International Food Law, Codex Alimentarius, Food and Drug Law, and Nutrition Law and Policy. Previously, Mr. 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, Mr. Fortin 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. Neal 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.
Animal Health, World Trade & Food Safety (810E)
Dr. Haskell received his DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1983. He also completed a PhD in environmental microbiology from UC Davis in 2008. Scott was in large animal private veterinary practice for 17 years prior to entering academia. Additionally, he has numerous scientific publications as well as textbook chapters and is the primary editor of the Wiley-Blackwell textbook Five Minute Veterinary Consult: Ruminant. Dr. Haskell is currently the Director of the Veterinary Technology Program at Yuba College. In 2010-2011 he was awarded the California Veterinary Medical Association Practitioner Fellowship Award in Clinical Pathology. During the 2011-2012 academic year he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis. His professional interests include global veterinary medicine, educational curricular design and implementation, development and implementation of distance education programs, animal health monitoring, environmental pathogen microbiology, antibiotic resistance monitoring, global veterinary training opportunities and pre- and post-harvest food safety. In 2011, Dr. Haskell was awarded the Hayward Award for Excellence in Education by the California State College Chancellor’s Office. His international experience includes working with programs and consultancies in 29 countries.
P. Vincent Hegarty
Codex Alimentarius: The World Food Code (810F)
P. Vincent Hegarty is the Founding Director of the International Food Law Program and Founding Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at Michigan State University, Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, Consulting Faculty, African Studies Center and Adjunct Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph, Canada. Dr. Hegarty received his Ph.D. from the University of London, England and has developed and taught courses in European and Asia food law and his experience includes teaching food law in Europe, Asia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico Morocco, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and the Middle East.
Food Regulation in the European Union (810B)
David Jukes is a Senior Lecturer and Professor in Food Regulation at the University of Reading, England where he teaches food legislation and standards, food laws, quality assurance and industrial food processes. Dr. Jukes is a frequent lecturer and consultant in the UK, EU, and Africa. He is a member of the Food Quality Research Group, and member of the Technical and Legislative Committee of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and is the author of “Food Legislation of the UK”.
Food Regulation in Latin America (810G)
Rebeca López-Garcia is the Principal in Logre International Food Science Consulting, based in Mexico City. Her work involves the implementation of food safety programs and international standards in multicultural environments, regulatory compliance for exporting companies and development of bilingual education programs and materials. She is actively involved in teaching workshops on HACCP, basic sanitation and food legislation to the food processing, retail and food service industries in several countries. Dr. López-Garcia is an adjunct professor at Universidad La Salle, School of Chemistry in Mexico City and is the incoming chair of the Continuing Education Committee at the Institute of Food Technologists. Prior to establishing LOGRE, Dr. López-Garcia was the International Product Manager for Tate & Lyle citric acid. Rebeca López-Garcia received a Ph.D. in Food Science/Toxicology in 1998 from Louisiana State University and has a B.S. degree in Chemistry/Food Science from Universidad La Salle, Mexico.
Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics (545K)
Umar Moghul joined the College of Law as an adjunct faculty member in 2016. He brings with him over 15 years of experience in teaching and practice. Professor Moghul’s work involves various aspects of Islamic law and ethics. His passions surrounding the intersection of investment, philanthropy and development; impact investing; and questions of Islamic ethics and sustainability are evident in the course he teaches ‘Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics’.
Professor Moghul has represented clients in the energy, health care, technology, real estate, transport and logistics, and business services sectors across North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and East Asia. As a recognized leader in Islamic finance and investment, he has served as an advisor on a variety of corporate and finance matters, including leveraged buy-outs and growth equity investments and advising on real estate investments and projects.
Michael T. Roberts
Food Regulation in Asia (810J)
Michael Roberts is the founding Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law. He is well versed in a broad range of legal and policy issues from farm to fork in local, national, and global food supply systems. He is a prolific author, having contributed to books and having written several articles on food regulation, trade, and policy issues. Mr. Roberts serves as a Deputy Director of the FDA Research Center at East China University of Science and Technology in Shanghai, China where he lectures each year at the university’s law school. He has worked extensively in Asia on various projects on food law and policy. He also serves on the advisory board for the World Food Law Institute and is an expert panelist for Oxford Economics.
Michaela Tarr Oldfield
Regulation of Agricultural Production & Marketing (810M)
Michaela Oldfield earned a Ph.D. in Community, Food and Agriculture at Michigan State University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan College of Law. While completing her dissertation, Michaela taught food and agricultural law courses as an adjunct for the MSU College of Law. Michaela’s interest is in how to develop regulatory systems that effectively address diverse stakeholders’ concerns within complex, dynamic, globalized systems. She draws on several disciplines, including sociology, public policy, law, and others, to understand the emergence and operation of public and private agrifood governance systems. Her dissertation research examined how stakeholders influenced the enactment and implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how the United States’ food safety regulatory systems is shaped by and will shape private systems of food safety standards and third party audits. As the Global Research Fellow, Michaela is helping to organize a workshop on Global Food Law Issues and is continuing her research on agrifood governance systems.
Food Regulation in Canada (810C)
Sara Zborovski is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP. She assists companies regulated by Health Canada, including those in the food and beverage industry, obtain market access and in all areas of compliance. Sara helps clients navigate the regulatory landscape imposed by the Food and Drugs Act and its related regulations, including in the development and implementation of market access strategies. On the compliance side, Sara provides strategic advice on advertising and marketing programs (including label review), compliance programs relating to manufacturing and import, privacy matters and intellectual property issues. She also works with clients in matters relating to product safety, including crisis management, advocacy before the Inspectorate and product recalls.