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Michael Roberts, JD

University of california, los Angeles


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 has recently authored the first major treatise on food law, titled, Food Law in the United States, 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 also written several other chapters and articles on food law topics.

Mr. Roberts’s interest in food extends beyond its intersection with law.  He is the lead instructor at UCLA in the development of a graduate food studies course. He serves on the Los Angeles Food Policy Council’s Leadership Board and chairs the Los Angeles Garden School Foundation. Mr. Roberts enjoys reading the history of food and in 2012 led the organization of a conference co-sponsored by UCLA Law and the UCLA Department of History on Why History Matters - We Are What We Eat: The History, Culture, and Politics of Food. Mr. Roberts was raised in the food business – a small family farm, produce brokerage company, and other food entities.