Michael Pollack

Assistant Professor of Law


B.A., 2008, Swarthmore College
J.D., 2011, New York University

Areas of Expertise

Administrative Law
Environmental Law
Land Use Regulation
Property Law
Real Estate Law


Michael Pollack is an Assistant Professor of Law. Before joining Cardozo, Professor Pollack served as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.  He also worked as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, defending major legislative and regulatory initiatives from constitutional and statutory challenges.  Professor Pollack clerked for Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Janice Rogers Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Professor Pollack graduated with a J.D. summa cum laude from the New York University School of Law and with a B.A. with highest honors from Swarthmore College. He teaches and conducts research primarily in the areas of property law, land use regulation, local government, and administrative law.


Taking Data 86 Univ. of Chicago Law Review (forthcoming 2018).


Land Use Federalism's False Choice 68 Alabama Law Review 707 (2017).


Courts, Constituencies, and the Enforcement of Fiduciary Duties in the Nonprofit Sector 77 Univ. of Pittsburgh Law Review 281 (2016) (with Joseph Mead).


Judicial Deference and Institutional Character: Homeowners Associations and the Puzzle of Private Governance 81 Univ. of Cincinnati Law Review 839 (2013).

Contact Information


Cardozo School of Law
55 Fifth Avenue
Room 515
New York, NY 10003

Office Hours
Weds. & Thurs. 4 - 5 p.m.
or by appointment (michael.pollack@yu.edu)