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

LAW 634 - Food Law and Policy

UCLA School of Law has recently established the Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. This new program, the first of its kind at a top tier law school, recognizes the important role of food law and policy in a modern food system that is different than anything the world has ever experienced.  This modern food system - from the farm to the fork - has given rise to profound health, environmental, social, and cultural consequences.  Bundling these consequences into a series of legal and policy issues, this course will facilitate discussion on a host of topics: food safety, obesity, nutrition, sustainability, food deserts, labeling, marketing, trade, biotechnology, organic, private standards, urban agriculture, hunger, right-to-food, animal welfare, local food programs, and farmers' markets.  Readings of cases, legislation, regulations, and provocative writings will both frame and stimulate class discussion. This course will also review the development of food law and assess its role in responding to the issues covered in the course.  At the same time, individual papers and projects will permit in-depth exploration of a topic of interest. Such papers may satisfy the law school's SAW requirement.