Professor Margot Pollans wins 2022 Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship

September 15, 2022
Margot Pollans

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is proud to announce that Professor Margot Pollans was awarded the 2022 Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship for her article, "Eaters, Powerless by Design" published by Michigan Law Review (120 Mich. L. Rev. 643 (2022)).

The Goettel Prize was created in 2004 to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship by members of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University faculty.  Each year, members of the tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to submit their work for consideration (on an anonymous basis) by a selection committee of outside reviewers.  This year's committee consisted of three distinguished law school professors: Professor Katherline Macfarlane of Southern University Law Center, Professor Anthony Moffa of University of Maine School of Law, and Professor Jonah E. Perlin of Georgetown Law.

Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Operations and Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, Emily Waldman, noted, “Since joining our faculty in 2015, Margot Pollans has been a leader in building up our food law program, now known as the Pace Food Law Center.  In her prize-winning article, 'Eaters, Powerless by Design,' she uses her wide-ranging expertise to offer a novel critique of the system as a whole.  She points out that the system currently rests on two contradictory myths --the helpless consumer who needs government protection and the capable consumer who should be able to navigate the system on her own--and charts a course toward a path of better food governance.  The piece is fascinating not only for food law experts, but for everyone who knowingly or unknowingly interacts with food law on a daily basis—i.e., all of us!"

“Food Law has received increased attention in recent years as a field of study and this article aims to provide an opportunity to study and understand the role that law takes in shaping what we eat. This year’s committee consists of experts at the top of their respective fields and I am so honored to have been selected by them to be awarded the 2022 Goettel Prize for Faculty Scholarship,” stated Professor Margot Pollans.  

Professor Margot Pollans joined the Pace faculty in 2015.  Professor Pollans’s primary research interests lie in the areas of food and agriculture law and administrative law. She is the Faculty Director of the Pace Food Law Center and the Shamik and Adrienne Trivedi Faculty Scholar. Before joining the Pace faculty, she was the inaugural academic fellow at UCLA School of Law’s Resnick Program for Food Law and Policy. Previously, Professor Pollans was a Staff Attorney and Clinical Teaching Fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s Institute for Public Representation, where she worked on a range of environmental litigation and supervised student clinicians. Following law school, Pollans clerked for the Honorable David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  Her academic work has appeared in a variety of journals including in the California Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She is also the co-author of a casebook, Food Law: Cases & Materials.

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The school, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, NY, opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The school maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News and World Report. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s JD alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information about Haub Law, visit

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