Nina Mendelson

Senior Fellow

Nina A. Mendelson is the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School where she teaches and conducts research in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, statutory interpretation, and the legislative process. Her work is published in prominent law reviews, including the Columbia Law Review, the N.Y.U. Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review. Mendelson currently serves as one of three U.S. special legal advisers to the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation and is a member scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform.

Prior to joining the Michigan faculty in 1999, Mendelson served for several years as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, litigating and advising with other federal agencies on legislative matters and environmental policy initiatives. She also participated extensively in federal legislative negotiations.

Mendelson earned her A.B. in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University. Her J.D. is from Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Pierre Leval in the Southern District of New York and for Judge John Walker Jr., ’66, on the Second Circuit. She also has worked for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and practiced law with Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe of Seattle.


  • Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School