Regent University Law Review Symposium Presenters

Symposium 2012

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Keynote Speaker

Michael T. Roberts is the founding Executive Director of the newly established Resnick Food Law and Policy Program at UCLA School of Law.  He is well versed in a broad range of legal and policy issues from farm to fork in the local, national, and global food supply system.  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 a treatise on food law.  He has guest lectured on food-law subjects at various law schools in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and speaks frequently at national and international conferences.  Professor Roberts also serves on leadership boards for the California Food Policy Council, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and the World Food Law Institute.


Professor Laurie Beyranevand is the Associate Director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) and teaches Food Regulation and Policy at Vermont Law School. Professor Beyranevand graduated from Rutgers College in 1999 and from Vermont Law School in 2003. She currently serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Agriculture and Food Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools and a volunteer for the Rutland Area Farm and Food Link.  Professor Beyranevand's research and scholarship concerns connections between food and health, especially issues arising from food safety and regulation.

Professor Eleanor Brown teaches law at Regent Law School. She received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1981 and her J.D. from the University of Richmond in 1985. She also obtained an LL.M. in tax law from William and Mary in 1989. Her practice experience before coming to Regent includes affiliations with various laws firms including Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein; Johnston, Taylor, Allison & Hord; Jones Blechman, Woltz & Kelly; Wilcox & Savage; Eason, Lawson & Westphal; and Baity & Joseph. She teaches Individual Federal Income Tax, Estate and Gift Tax, Corporate Tax, Business Associations, and Estate Planning.

Professor Donna Byrne is a professor of law at William Mitchell College of Law in St Paul, MN.  She has also taught at Widener University School of Law and at Temple University School of Law, and she was an associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Philadelphia. Professor Byrne is interested in a wide range of food law issues, including food safety, organic standards, genetic engineering, FDA approval and labeling requirements, as well as nutrition and diet-related health outcomes.   

Andrew R. Komarek is the owner and President of ANKOM Technology Corp., a manufacturer of analytical instruments that serve, among others, the food, feed, and biofuel industries.  Leading the research and development of new products over the last 25 years, Mr. Komarek has been awarded numerous US and international design and technique patents.  He holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Buffalo. He has traveled extensively internationally and has had numerous international research collaborations.

Professor Nicole Negowetti is a Valparaiso University Law professor. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, with First (Highest) Honors from the University of Limerick, Ireland, and summa cum laude from the University of Scranton.  She teaches Torts, Food Law & Policy, and Legal Writing. Her food law articles include A National “Natural” Standard for Food Labeling, 65 Maine L. Rev. 582 (2013) and Revisiting the Regulation Debate: The Effect of Food Marketing on Childhood Obesity, 7 Pierce L. Rev. 205 (2009).

Corinne Simon graduated magna cum laude from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communication in 2000 and cum laude from the UF School of Law in 2007.  Prior to law school, she worked as a media consultant for a boutique public relations and lobbying firm in Washington, DC, which represented Fortune 500 companies in the pharmaceutical, health care, biotechnology, and chemical industries facing acute or chronic crises.  She later specialized in media law at Holland & Knight and further developed her niche creating communication strategies to support the goals of high-profile cases. Mrs. Simon is currently the Virginia Regional Director for Kaplan Bar Review.

Professor Sam Wiseman is an assistant professor at Florida State University College of Law. He formerly taught at the University of Tulsa, and he has served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson of the Supreme Court of Texas and to Judge Fortunato P. Benavides of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Between 2009 and 2010, Professor Wiseman served as a Fellow in the Texas Solicitor General’s Office, focusing on post-conviction litigation before the Fifth Circuit. He joined the Florida State faculty in 2012 and teaches Constitutional Law II, Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure: Police.