Mitchell students place in the MSBA Food, Drug, and Device Law Section writing competition

Two Mitchell students placed in the writing competition held by the Food, Drug, and Device Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Nadja Baer, 2L, and Maya Missaghi, 3L, were honored at the section’s annual meeting on Thursday, May 22.

Each year, the Food, Drug, and Device Law Section invites law students in Minnesota to submit articles focused on issues of interest to attorneys practicing in health care law. Baer took first place in the writing competition with her paper, “Superbugs v. Wonder Drugs: FDA Guidance for Industry #213’s Negative Impact to Small Producers.” Missaghi placed third with her paper, “Thought for Food: Mindless Eating and its Lessons.”

Both students took the Food Law & Policy Seminar, taught by Professor Donna Byrne, and developed their contest submissions from papers they wrote for the seminar course. In addition to reviewing the roles of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other agencies, the seminar course explores legal issues relating to food and agriculture, including food production and safety, organic standards, the regulation of genetic engineering, the implications of pesticide use, and national farm policy.