James M. Chen

James M. Chen
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Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law, Professor of Law
Law College Building
648 N. Shaw Lane Rm 359
East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

  • Biography

    An attorney and professor of law with a quarter-century of experience in the law of regulated industries, economics, and regulatory policy, James Ming Chen holds the Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law at Michigan State University College of Law and is of counsel to the Technology Law Group, a Washington, DC-based firm specializing in telecommunications law. Professor Chen is a prolific scholar and leader in the legal academy. He served as dean of the University of Louisville School of Law from 2007 to 2012. In November 2012, National Jurist magazine named Chen one of the 25 most influential people in legal education.

    Professor Chen is a highly productive and influential scholar whose works spans topics such as administrative law, agricultural law, constitutional law, economic regulation, environmental law, industrial policy, legislation, and natural resources law. He is the coauthor of Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond (Aspen Publishers, 2006), the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal issues surrounding natural disasters. This path-breaking book is now in its second edition under the title Disaster Law and Policy. Professor Chen is an elected member of the American Law Institute and has served since 2010 as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.

  • Degrees

    J.D. 1991, magna cum laude, Harvard Law School; M.A. 1987, Emory University; B.A. 1987, summa cum laude, Emory University

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Courses

    Agricultural Law
    Students will learn about the regulatory framework of the food and agriculture sector at the federal, state, and local levels and how the application of this framework impacts all citizens. This includes the production, processing, and distribution of food, fiber, and other products that make up a large portion of the economies of the nation and the State of Michigan. Students will learn about the origins and impacts of these regulatory components and how evolving trends and public opinion are changing the food and agriculture sector

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  • Bar Admission(s)

    District of Columbia, Virginia