Special Topics: Alcoholic Beverage Regulation: Wine, Beer and Spirits
**This course is available as an elective for Food Science, Global Food Technology and Innovation, and Continuing Education students.**
This course will introduce students to the legal and regulatory systems that govern the production, labeling, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer and spirits. The course will highlight key issues in the structure and application of the patchwork of the more than 4,000 alcoholic beverage laws and regulations in the United States. Students will also receive an introduction to the roles played by legal systems and lawyers in interpreting laws and regulations, adjudicating disputes, and advancing policy. The course will be presented by practitioners who have represented companies in the industry and will present industry as well as consumer and government perspectives.
The professors are the general counsel of a leading international company in the industry and an experienced attorney who has represented clients in addressing the many regulatory issues the industry has been facing. During the modules, the students will hear from the professors, as well as guests who will provide their perspectives on the regulatory issues under discussion.
Students will be evaluated based upon short papers which they will be asked to prepare, as well as quizzes which will be based upon the lectures and readings during the modules.
During the semester the students will be working with a hypothetical client who is a celebrity interested in getting into the alcoholic beverages industry. The students will be counseling the celebrity on issues involving such diverse topics as labeling, intellectual property and health warnings.
Brian S. Chevlin, Esq., Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Pernod Ricard North America.
Ronald J. Levine, Esq. General Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP.