MSU College of Law

Melissa J. Jackson

Adjunct Professor
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 368
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

Melissa Jackson is a shareholder with the law firm of Foster Swift Collins & Smith, where she practices exclusively in employment law. She was a member of the firm’s executive committee, as well as chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Department. She received her undergraduate education at Wittenberg University and her law degree, with honors, from Wayne State University. Before entering law school, Melissa served for eight years as a human resources director in the private sector.

Melissa counsels both public and private employers on all employment and labor matters and represents them in addressing and defending claims such as discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, wrongful discharge, Family Medical Leave Act, and unemployment compensation. She has extensive experience in handling arbitrations and also has developed and trains employers on an alternative system of problem resolution.

Melissa is a frequent speaker and author on diverse employment topics, and has been the primary author for a series of books for the Michigan State Chamber of Commerce, including HR Made Easy from Hiring to Termination, Model Employee Policies, Hiring to Termination Handbook, and the Wage and Hour Handbook. She was principal author of The 100 Biggest Mistakes of Personnel Management, published by Aikman & Associates, Inc. She also was a contributing author to Inside the Minds: Negotiating and Drafting Employment Agreements, 2011 ed, published by Aspatore.

J.D. 1989, cum laude, Wayne State University Law School; B.A. 1974, Wittenberg University

  • Employment Law
    (Formerly DCL 522) This is an introductory employment law course, which will begin with the foundations of employment law, including an examination of the employment relationship and terms and conditions of employment. A substantial portion of the course will cover federal legislation and related case law, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, Michigan