Faculty Profiles

Margot Pollans

Margot Pollans

Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Teaching Fellow
B.A. Columbia University, 2004
J.D. New York University School of Law, 2010
LL.M. Georgetown University Law Center, 2013

Margot Pollans is the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy Teaching Fellow at the UCLA School of Law for 2013-2015.  This two-year fellowship program is part of the newly-established Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy at UCLA School of Law.  The fellowship provides law school graduates who are committed to pursuing a career in legal academia an opportunity to teach, and do research and writing at UCLA Law School in preparation for a law teaching career. 

Pollans received her J.D. magna cum laude from New York University School of Law in 2010.  During law school, she served as an Articles Editor on the New York University Law Review and was a Furman Scholar and a Milbank/Lederman Law and Economics Scholar.  Pollans received her L.L.M. in Advocacy with distinction from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013 and her B.A. in History, Environmental Science, and Creative Writing from Columbia University in 2004.

Following law school, Pollans clerked for the Honorable David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Recently, Pollans worked as Staff Attorney and Teaching Fellow for the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University, where she worked on a range of public interest environmental law cases.  She was the lead attorney on litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, DC FOIA, and the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act.  Pollans was also lead attorney on a range of administrative projects, including comments on the Clean Air Act and Food Safety Modernization Act rulemakings. 

Pollans’ primary research interests lie in the areas of food and agriculture law, public interest environmental law, and land use and property law.  Her publications include: “A Blunt Withdrawal? Bars on Citizen Suits for Toxic Site Cleanup,” in Harvard Environmental Law Review (forthcoming Spring 2013), and “Bundling Public and Private Goods: The Market for Sustainable Organics,” in New York University Law Review (2010).