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UCLA School of Law Names Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy


​Lauri Gavel
Executive Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
(310) 206-2611
gavel@law.ucla.edu

LOS ANGELES, CA, August 30, 2013 – Michael T. Roberts, who has taught Food Law and Policy as an adjunct professor at UCLA School of Law, has joined the law school as the founding executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy.

“We are pleased to welcome Michael Roberts to UCLA School of Law,” Dean Rachel F. Moran said. “His background in food law and policy blends academic activity, private practice, and government service, which makes him an ideal choice to serve as founding executive director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy.”

Prior to joining the law school, Roberts was the executive director of the Center for Food Law and Policy and special counsel at Roll Law Group P.C. He previously served as a research professor of law and director of the National Agricultural Law Center at the University of Arkansas School of Law, where he founded the law school’s Journal of Food Law and Policy. He also was of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of Venable LLP and a member of the firm’s food and agricultural law practice group. In addition, he was a visiting scholar with and consultant to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

Roberts is a member of the Steering Committee for the California Food Policy Council and of the Leadership Board for the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and he is an expert panelist for Oxford Economics, Ltd., a publisher of Macro Trends Monitor for Food and Beverages. He also 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. Roberts is currently writing a treatise on food law, which will be the first major treatise of its kind. He has guest lectured on food-law subjects at various law schools in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He holds an LL.M. degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and J.D. and B.S. degrees from the University of Utah.

“I am thrilled to join UCLA School of Law,” Michael Roberts said. “I look forward to launching this new program, which will help reform food law and policy for the benefit of the consumer.”

The Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy was established in 2013 by a $4 million gift from the Resnick Family Foundation. The program is dedicated to studying and advancing law and policy solutions to improve the modern food system, including addressing questions of food safety, distribution and access.

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