Who We Are

Faculty Director

Professor Margot Pollans, Faculty Director and Assistant Professor of Law. Her work focuses on identifying regulatory strategies for reducing the environmental externalities of the food system, and she is coauthoring a Food Law casebook.


Director, Transactional Food and Beverage Law Clinic

Jonathan Brown joined the team as the Director of the Transactional Food and Beverage Law Clinic in October 2016. He was most recently a clinical lecturer in law at Yale Law School, and prior to that an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, in New York. He received his B.A from the University of Pennsylvania, and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Affiliated Faculty

Jason Czarnezki, Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Associate Dean & Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. His research focuses on food eco-labeling and life-cycle analysis, green public procurement, and global food security.  He is also an Honorary Research Associate at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, where he is part of a research team modeling global food systems and supply chains.

David Cassuto, Professor of Law and Director of the Brazil-American Institute for Law and Environment.  He has written extensively about food law with a particular emphasis on the environmental and ethical implications of factory farming.  

Melanie Dupuis, Chair of the Department of Environmental Studies and Science, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences at Pace University. Her research focuses on sustainable governance, political agroecology, and the politics of foods.  Her most recent book is Dangerous Digestion: The Politics of American Dietary Advice.

Barbara Atwell is an Associate Professor of Law and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  She writes and teaches in the areas of public health and bioethics and has written several articles on public health measures related to obesity and sugar regulation.

NRDC Partners

Mark Izeman is a senior attorney and director of the New York Program at NRDC. Mark has worked at NRDC for more than 25 years on a wide range of environmental and public health issues, primarily in the greater New York-Northeast region.

Jennifer Grossman is a senior legal consultant to the NRDC New York Program. Jennifer has worked for more than 20 years on land conservation issues—first at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and then at the Open Space Institute. Jennifer lives in the Catskills and operates a sustainable livestock and heritage poultry farm in the NYC watershed. 

Margaret Brown is a staff attorney in the New York Program at NRDC, where she advocates for more just and sustainable food systems in New York and other regions around the country.