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Clinic Faculty and Staff

kinseyCaroline Kinsey, Teaching Fellow and Attorney

Professor Kinsey has extensive legal experience in the realms of intellectual property, labor and employment, transactional law, and civil litigation.  Prior to joining the Urban Agriculture Law Practicum, Professor Kinsey served as a Supervising Attorney of the Michigan State University College of Law Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic and practiced law in New York City and Long Island where she led and handled a wide variety of legal matters for clients ranging from Title VII employment discrimination lawsuits to drafting licensing agreements and assisting with corporate mergers. She has successfully argued before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Additionally, Professor Kinsey worked as Legal Counsel for a professional arena football team, where she conducted research on copyright, grant, licensing, and entertainment law issues, and reviewed entertainment law and film tax-exemption matters. Professor Kinsey is published nationally and internationally in the fields of family, entertainment, and intellectual property law.  In December of 2012, she earned her LL.M./M.J. in Intellectual Property and Communications Law from Michigan State University College of Law, where she drafted, “CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom” which was published by the University of Virginia School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Journal in 2012.  Since drafting CSI, Professor Kinsey has dedicated her scholarship to investigating the parameters of United States Copyright Act as related to Mashup Artists and advocating for the restructuring of the current National Football League appeals procedures as outlined in the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both topics have been examined extensively through her 2013 and 2014 publications with the University of California and the University of Virginia, respectively.

As a Supervising Attorney for the Urban Agriculture Practicum, Professor Kinsey educates second and third-year law students in the areas of corporate formation, zoning, intellectual property and contract drafting, and supervises student clinicians as they provide transactional law services to small business, cooperative, and non-profit clients. 

Contact Professor Kinsey at 517-336-8088 ext. 1033 or via e-mail at

Bar Admissions:New York State, Third Department; U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y; U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.; Michigan; U.S. District Court, E.D.M.I.; U.S. District Court, S.D.M.I.; District of Columbia

Education:B.S; J.D.; LL.M./M.J.


  • NFL Fines for on-field Discipline: Evaluating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and remodeling current on-field disciplinary and appeals procedures for helmet-to-helmet hits (forthcoming, VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J.(2013))
  • Smashing the Copyright Act to Make Room for the MASHUP Artist: How a Four-Tiered Matrix Better Accommodates Evolving Technology and Needs of the Entertainment Industry, 35 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT L.J., 303, 303-329(2013)
  • CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom, 11 VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J. 313, 313-361(2012)
  • Revisiting the Role of the Psychological Parent in the Dissolution of…,19 BUFF. J. GENDER L. & SOC. POL'Y. 75, 75-106(2010) Recognized by the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 25 J. AM. ACAD. MATRIM. LAW, 533, 552(2013)
  • The Role of the Psychological Parent in the Dissolution of…,INT'L J. OF DISCRIMINATION & L., Vol. 10(3), 133-48(2009)

Works In Progress:

  • Problem Solving Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Vol. 2 (Research Assistant to Michigan State University College of Law Professor George T. Roumell, Jr.)(Textbook forthcoming, 2013).


  • Michigan Business Network Radio Show, “Legal Impact Hour, ” interviewed by Kimberly P. Hafley, Director of Marketing & Recruitment at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for three radio segments regarding the services provided by the Michigan State University Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Original Air Date: September 7, 2012.

Spring 2014 Clinic Students

mike2014Mike Goode is a second-year law student at MSU College of Law. He completed his undergraduate degree in Operations Management at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Mike’s connection to food comes from his time working at a Frito-Lay manufacturing facility, his sister working in the organic snack foods industry, and his enrollment in the course Food and Drug Law at MSU College of Law in the fall of 2013. Mike has an interest in transactional, business, and intellectual property law, and he is a proponent of putting businesses in their best position to succeed. Mike is a sports fan and enjoys speaking Spanish.

devin2014Devin Kenney is a second-year law student from Ogden, Utah. After graduating high school, Devin spent two years in Argentina where he learned to appreciate agricultural interests, to enjoy community service, and to speak Spanish. Devin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political and Latin American Studies, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of Utah. Since attending law school, Devin has interned with the Intermountain Office of the Solicitor, US Department of the Interior; has worked as a teaching assistant in the first-year Torts, Property, and Administrative law courses; and this summer will work in the Civil Division of the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office. Currently, Devin is a member of the Michigan State University Law Review. Devin and his wife have also had their first child, who recently celebrated his first birthday. When not in school, Devin enjoys playing around with his son, spending as much time outdoors as possible, wandering through the woods, and birdwatching. He is passionate about the ability of urban agriculture to revitalize local communities and ecosystems, particularly as that relates to the increase in the local songbird population.

kathryn2014Kathryn Hynan is a second-year law student at Michigan State College of Law. Kathryn received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Purdue University in 2012. Her interest in urban agriculture and environmental advocacy began at Purdue University through classes taken in Environmental Policy. These interests have since developed through her experiences living, interning, and volunteering in San Diego, California, where urban agriculture has greatly developed. She hopes to assist the city of Detroit in developing their urban agriculture movement through the Clinic as well as her life experiences. When not consumed by law school related activities, Kathryn enjoys hiking, yoga, and any outdoor related activities.

sean2014Sean Tobin is a second-year law student from Los Angeles, CA. He attended DePaul University and studied Philosophy.  Since attending law school, Sean has worked for the Attorney General’s Office, Charitable Trust Division and is currently in the process of starting a new student group promoting local economies with fellow clinician, Karen Francis-McWhite. His interactions with Chicago residents who lived in “Food Deserts” piqued his interest in entering the field of Urban Farming. He plans to return to Los Angeles and become part of the Urban, Food, and Agricultural movement in the city. In his free time, he enjoys soccer, poker, and Buddhism.

kacieKacie Smith is a third-year law student from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. In law school, Kacie has worked for the Ingham County 30th Judicial Circuit Court, and serves as an associate on the Journal of Medicine and Law. More recently, Kacie was accepted to the Appellate Moot Court Board and currently serves of-counsel to senior members. She hopes to gain practical experience and practice-ready skills while serving an important sector of the community in small businesses and nonprofits. In her free time, Kacie enjoys reading, traveling, and baseball.

kristen2014Kristen Mitchell is a third-year law student from Solon, Ohio.  Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and obtained a minor in Mandarin Chinese from Miami University of Ohio. Since attending law school, Kristen interned with the non-litigation department of Qiancheng Law firm located in Beijing, China.  At Michigan State University College of Law, Kristen has taken courses related to business enterprises, corporate finance, and corporate law and policy.  Kristen strives to couple her undergraduate degree with her legal knowledge to better assist clients with their legal needs.  Kristen enjoys playing basketball, soccer, tennis, and almost every other competitive sport.

libby2014Libby Busdicker is a second-year law student and Michigan native. Libby received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and has returned to Michigan with plans to live in Detroit upon graduation. She interned with the Honorable Lita M. Popke in Wayne County’s circuit courts in the Summer of 2013. Currently, she is a member of the Michigan State Law Review and a blogger for MSU Law’s Beyond Clause 8. Her interest in Land Use Law, along with a love for Detroit and eating, have motivated her to promote urban farming and local food through legal advocacy.

silvia2014Silvia Mansoor is a third-year law student from Metro-Detroit.  For her undergraduate studies, she majored in Marketing at Wayne State University in Detroit.  Silvia has previously interned with the Honorable Judge Matthew P. Sabaugh in Michigan’s 37th District Court, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan.  She has also been a Research Assistant for Professor Sean Pager.  During the Spring Semester of her 2L year, Silvia worked at the Small Business and Nonprofit Law Clinic.  She went back there during the Fall Semester of her 3L year as a Research Assistant.  Currently, Silvia is working at a small litigation and business law firm in East Lansing.  She is also a member of the law school’s Trial Practice Institute, a Research Assistant for Professor Veronica McNally, and the Executive Editor of the Journal of Business & Securities Law.  Silvia is fluent in Chaldean.  In her spare time, she likes to read, play with her dog Yoda, and spend time with friends at restaurants and the movies.  

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