Faculty Profiles

Michael Roberts

Michael T. Roberts

Executive Director of the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy,
Adjunct Faculty
B.S. University of Utah, 1986
J.D. University of Utah, 1989
LL.M. University of Arkansas, 2000

Michael T. Roberts is the founding Executive Director of the newly established 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. He is currently writing the first major treatise on food law, titled, Food Law in the United States, to be published by Cambridge University Press.  He is also co-editor of Food Law & Policy, a new casebook to be published by Wolters Kluwer.  He has guest lectured on food-law subjects at various law schools in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, with frequent visits to Renmin University School of Law (Beijing), East China University of Science and Technology (Shanghai), and University of Tuscia, European Food Law Center (Viterbo, Italy). He is a Research Fellow for Renmin University’s Center for Coordination and Innovation for Food Safety.

In 2000, Mr. Roberts left his law practice and enrolled in the LL.M. program on agricultural law at the University of Arkansas School of Law, the only such program in the U.S. Since then, Mr. Roberts has engaged in a variety of professional capacities related to food law and policy. A few years after completing the LL.M. program, he was invited to join the University of Arkansas School of Law as a Research Professor of Law and as the Director of the National Agricultural Law Center, where he taught food law and policy and founded the law school's Journal of Food Law and Policy. He is the former first chair of the Lex Mundi (world's largest association of private law firms) international Agribusiness practice group. Mr. Roberts also was of counsel in Washington D.C. with Venable LLP, as a member of the firm's food and agricultural law practice group, and special counsel to the Roll Global farming and food companies headquartered in Los Angeles, where he was responsible for global food regulation, trade, and public policy. He was also a visiting scholar and consultant to the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome.

Mr. Roberts serves on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board and chairs the Los Angeles Garden School Foundation. He also serves on the advisory board for the World Food Law Institute and serves on the Editorial Board for MDPI Laws, an open access scholarly journal. Mr. Roberts was raised in the food business – a small family farm, produce brokerage company, and other food entities. He enjoys reading the history of food, gardening, and traveling.