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Melissa Card AbelaMelissa Card Abela
Food Regulation in Canada (810C)
Regulatory Leadership in Food Law (810U)
FSMA: Foreign Supplier Verification Program (810V)
FSMA: Produce Safety (810X)
FSMA: Preventive Control for Human Food (810W)
Wine, Beer and Spirits: Laws and Regulations (810Y)


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.

Jeff Carter-JohnsonJeff Carter-Johnson
Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture (810N)
Biotechnology Law and Food Products (810P)

Jeff Carter-Johnson is a scientist who was drawn to law because of the interrelationship between science and society. He holds a Ph.D. in Microbiology at the University of Virginia, where his research was in the fields of virology and molecular biology. His interest in basic research and the applications of the innovations on which he worked led him to study law, specifically intellectual property law—an area of law specially developed to incentivize innovation. He earned a J.D from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis. Today, his research areas are an outgrowth of those initial interests and he works on technology transfer from universities, i.e. how innovations developed at universities are commercialized, and also on the impact of intellectual property law in heavily regulated areas such as the food and agriculture industries.

Jennifer CoplandJennifer Copland
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.

Brent DomannBrent Domann
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.

Allison EicherAllison Eicher

Allison Eicher earned her B.A. in Supply Chain Management from Michigan State University and her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law. Her work experience since undergrad has included positions at Pepsi Bottling Group, the United States’ Environmental Protection Agency, and Michigan Farm Bureau. After receiving her license to practice law, Allison had a transactional practice focused on the needs of agricultural enterprises and producers. She remains active in the State Bar of Michigan’s Agricultural Law Section, serving on the council since the section’s first year in 2012, and is serving as the 2017 Chairperson of the Section.

Allison joined MSU Law full-time in 2013 and earned her M.L.I.S. from Wayne State University in 2016. In addition to being seen at the reference desk and handling research projects for faculty and staff, Allison is the library’s Acquisitions Librarian, handling the purchasing of all print materials in the collection. Allison teaches both the research component of R.W.A. and Advanced Legal Research.

When Allison is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys. Her fall weekends are spent at Spartan Stadium and spring and summer are spent enjoying all that the state of Michigan has to offer.

Adam EkonomonAdam Ekonomon
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.

Neal FortinNeal Fortin
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.

Scott HaskellScott Haskell
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 HegartyP. 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.

Glenford JamesonGlenford Jameson
Food Regulation in Canada (810C)

Glenford Jameson has significant industry experience in the food sector, relating to organizations that encounter a high degree of provincial and federal regulation and those that seek to challenge regulatory regimes under which food is produced and sold in Canada. He is highly active in food policy and food security sectors across Canada and particularly interested in the problems created through the intersection of food, technology and regulation. Glenford Jameson’s practice, G.S. Jameson and Company, focuses on corporate commercial and regulatory issues in transnational matters including mergers and acquisitions, private equity financing, and a broad range of business law contexts.

David JukesDavid Jukes
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”.

Kari KammelKari Kammel
Food Law: Preventing Fakes and Counterfeits (810Z)

Kari Kammel works on professional training, adult education, program management and design spanning multiple disciplines. As Assistant Director of Education and Outreach for the A-CAPP Center, she enjoys working on the center’s executive education programming, outreach and collaboration on and off-campus, managing the student program, and research on legal issues pertaining to trademark counterfeiting. She is also currently a member of the Academic Specialist Advisory Committee at MSU and a board member of the Capital Area Humane Society. Prior to coming to the center, she spent a significant time working, traveling, and living in the Middle East, including Egypt, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Libya, Jordan, and others. She was Deputy Chief of Party at DePaul College of Law’s Iraq office, where she managed rule of law programs; and Deputy Executive Director in the Chicago office. She is a licensed attorney in Illinois and Michigan with a J.D. from DePaul University, an M.A. in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Rebecca Lopez-GarcizRebeca López-Garcia
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.

Umar MoghulUmar Moghul
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.