Margot J. Pollans

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • Faculty Director, Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative
Assistant: Jennifer Chin
Preston Hall 201-207
(914) 422-4263


BA, Columbia University
JD, New York University School of Law
L.L.M. Georgetown University Law Center

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Margot Pollans joined the Pace faculty in 2015. Professor Pollans teaches environmental law, food law, and administrative law, and she is the Faculty Director of the Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative. 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 New York University Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and the Wake Forest Law Review. She is also the coauthor of a forthcoming casebook on Food Law and Policy.

Pollans’ primary research interests lie in the areas of food and agriculture law, public interest environmental law, and land use and property law.



Incorporating Environmental Safety into Food and Drug Safety Regulation (in progress).

Drinking Water Protection and Agricultural Exceptionalism, 77 Ohio State L.J. (2016).

The Safe Drinking Water Act/Food Law Nexus, 32 Pace Envtl. L. Rev.  501 (2015).

Regulating Farming: Balancing Food Safety and Environmental Protection in a Cooperative Governance Regime, 50 Wake Forest L. Rev. 399 (2015).

A “Blunt Withdrawal”? Bars on Citizen Suits for Toxic Site Cleanup, 37 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 441 (2013).

Note, Bundling Public and Private Goods: The Market for Sustainable Organics, 85 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 621 (2010).

Books and Book Chapters

Food Law and Policy: Cases and Materials (Aspen Press, in progress) (with Jacob Gersen & Michael Roberts).

Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition, CLIMATE CHANGE AND PUBLIC HEALTH LAW (Cambridge University Press) (forthcoming 2017).

Ecolabeling, OXFORD HANDBOOK ON COMPARATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (forthcoming 2017) (with Jason Czarnezki).

Setting the Table for Urban Agriculture, 46 Urb. Law. 199 (2014) (with Michael Roberts), also published in Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation (Martha H. Chumbler, Lawrence Bechler, & Sorell Negro, eds. 2015).

Popular Press

Letter to the Editor, "A Farming Revolution, Minus Factories," New York Times, Oct. 3, 2016.

Oped, "The Labeling Shortcut," Slate, May 5, 2016.