Friday, May 15, 2015

Kresge Foundation has granted $150,000 to the MSU Food Law Clinic

The Kresge Foundation granted $150,000 to the MSU Food Law Clinic in Detroit, Michigan. Read the whole story here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Global Food Law Program Graduates Its Largest Class

The first major cohort of students from Michigan State University College of Law’s Global Food Law Program will graduate Friday.
The College of Law commencement ceremony will be at 11 a.m. at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. Because the Global Food Law Program is completely online, graduation is the only on-campus activity for the program.
Launched in 2012 in collaboration with MSU’s Institute for Food Laws and Regulations, the Global Food Law Program is the first and only global food law master’s degree program. It offers two tracks: a master of laws for practicing lawyers or those with a law degree and a master of jurisprudence for those without law degrees. There are currently 30 students from seven countries enrolled in the program.
The full story is here.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Margo Wootan speaking at MSU April 22: "Supporting Americans' Efforts to Eat Well and Watch Their Weight"

Dr. Margo Wootan will discuss "Supporting Americans' Efforts to Eat Well and Watch Their Weight".

Please join us in room 1135 S. Anthony Hall, Michigan State University, at 4pm on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

P. Vincent Hegarty Recognized with Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award

The Michigan State University (MSU) Faculty Emeriti Association (FEA) recognized Professor Emeritus P. Vincent Hegarty with their prestigious Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award. The Outstanding Contribution by an Individual Award recognizes a Faculty Emeritus/Emerita who continues to serve MSU and foster active engagement from other Faculty Emeriti in the MSU community.

Dr. P. Vincent Hegarty exemplifies this award in his role as a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Food Laws & Regulations at MSU

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Position Opening: Research Fellow in Global Food Law at MSU

The Institute for Food Laws and Regulation (IFLR) in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Michigan State University is seeking a Research Fellow in Global Food Law. This position is a full-time, 12-month fixed-term appointment at the level of academic specialist (research). This is a one-year appointment with a possibility of renewal for a second year subject to funding and needs.

Professional Qualifications: J.D. or other advanced degree related to global food law. Strong writing, research, and communication skills. Keen motivation to learn and succeed professionally. Interest in global food law scholarship and education. Ability to work collaboratively and independently. Time management and project management skills.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will organize and implement the Global Food Law Summer Seminar, which involves coordinating a series of speakers and logistics for the seminar; complete at least one mentored research project, which culminates in a manuscript of publishable quality; and participate in program outreach online and at conferences and seminars as appropriate. The Fellow will also assist the program director with other projects supporting the Institute for Food Laws and Regulations and the Master Program in Global Food Law at the Michigan State University College of Law.

Salary and Benefits: Salary is competitive and commensurate with education and experience. Michigan State University provides its faculty and academic staff with a variety of benefits, which are among the best in academia. Among the most important are a retirement program, and health, prescription drug, dental, and life insurance coverage.

Application Procedures: Applicants will submit the following: 1) a 1-page letter of intent; 2) a writing sample; 3) a research proposal (in 500 words or less); 4) a detailed curriculum vita; and 5) the names and full contact information for three references.

Applications must be submitted via the MSU Applicant Web page (or search for job 1077 at

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Institution.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Online Global Food Law course: Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Conservation

The Master Program Global Food Law has a new online course this summer:

Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer, and Conservation (LAW 566R)

Course Description
Students will learn about the regulatory framework related to two of the major inputs used by the agriculture industry – pesticides and fertilizers. They will look at the federal and state regulations covering the manufacturing, storage, and use of these products, safety issues, and conservation practices designed to minimize their impact to the environment. They will also look at enforcement issues and litigation involving pesticides and fertilizers.

Bradley Deacon is the emergency management and administrative law coordinator for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He has undergraduate and law degrees from Michigan State University and spent a year studying in Germany on a Fulbright grant. Upon returning, he worked on the family farm until heading to Lansing in 1995 for a position in the Office of the Governor. Deacon served as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s legislative liaison and regulatory affairs officer for six years, and has been in his current position since 2004. He works on emergency coordination and planning for all of the department’s programs and issues, including agro-terrorism; animal health; foreign animal diseases; pets and other animals in emergencies; food safety; food protection and defense; continuity of the food supply; invasive pests and plant diseases; agri-chemical security; emergency planning and bio-security at farms, fairs, and festivals; environmental hazard mitigation on farms; laboratory sampling; fuel shortages; emergency communications; and continuity of government.

Friday, March 06, 2015

Explore online graduate degrees in Global Food Law from the nation's premier food university, Michigan State University.

Apply now for the summer or fall semester at
  • Get the tools you need to navigate a rapidly changing industry.
  • Flexible online program for lawyers and food industry professionals.
  • Applied courses in global food law and regulation taught by expert MSU faculty and practitioners. 
Summer semester: Application deadline is April 1, 2015. Classes begin May 18.
Fall semester: Application deadline is June 1, 2015. Classes begin August 17.

Summer 2015 course offerings:
  • Agriculture Special Topics: Pesticides, Fertilizer and Conservation
  • Survey of Intellectual Property in Agriculture
  • Food Regulations in Asia
Full curriculum and course descriptions available at

Tuition is $950 per credit hour. M.J. students must complete a minimum of 26 credits to graduate. LL.M. students with a J.D. must complete 24 credits to graduate.

Ready to apply? Apply online at

Questions? Please contact Andrea Besley, Global Food Law Program Coordinator, at or 517-432-6963.

Through our M.J. program, food industry professionals who do not have a law degree gain an understanding of common legal and regulatory issues.
Through our LL.M. program, associate attorneys who are new to food law can quickly gain the background to research food law issues and at a flexible pace with convenient hours. Seasoned attorneys can both refresh their knowledge on substantive law topics and receive updates on developments in global food law. 

MSU College of Law Global Food Law Programs
648 North Shaw Lane, Room 364
East Lansing, MI USA 48824

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