Skip Navigation LinksHome > Faculty Biographies > Faculty Bio

Mendelson, Nina

Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law

339 Hutchins Hall

Nina A. Mendelson, the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law, 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 and has been cited by U.S. Supreme Court justices (in dissent). Her article, "Disclosing Political Oversight of Agency Decision Making," was chosen as the best scholarly article in the field in 2010 by the American Bar Association's Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. She is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States. She 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 Law faculty in 1999, Prof. Mendelson served for several years as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, litigating and advising other federal agencies on legislative and policy matters. She also participated extensively in federal legislative negotiations. Prof. Mendelson earned her AB in economics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Harvard University. Her JD is from Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, she clerked for the Hon. Pierre Leval in the Southern District of New York and for the Hon. 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.

Recent Publications

More Publications...

​"Joseph L. Sax: The Realm of the Legal Scholar." Mich. J. Envt. & Admin. L. (Forthcoming).​​

​"An Outsourcing Agenda." Geo. Wash. L. Rev. (Forthcoming).​​

co-author. "Responding To Agency Avoidance of OIRA." J. Weiner, co-author. Harv. J. L. & Pub. Pol'y 37, no. 2 (2014): 448-521.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | Hein | WWW​​

"Private Control over Access to Public Law: The Perplexing Federal Regulatory Use of Private Standards." Mich. L. Rev. 112, no. 5 (2014): 737-807.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | HEIN (UMich users) | HEIN | Lexis | Westlaw | WWW

​"Should Mass Comments Count?" Mich. J. Envt. & Admin. L. 2, no. 1 (2012): 173-83.
Full Text: MLaw Repository | SSRN

"Midnight Rulemaking and Congress." In Transitions, edited by A. Sarat. Univ. Alabama Press, 2012.


Presented the paper, "Effects of Senate Confirmation Delays in the Agencies," at the annual Administrative Law Symposium: Is the Appointments Process Broken?, Duke Law School, February 2015. ​

Spoke on administrative agencies' statutory obligations at the Penn Program on Regulation Workshop on Agenda-Setting in the Regulatory State, Washington, D.C., November 2014.

​Presented comments at Notre Dame Roundtable on Statutory Interpretation, London, UK, February 2014​. ​​

Presented comments on Chinese legislative oversight at the symposium, "The Future of Chinese Administrative Law," University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, October 2012.

Spoke on issues surrounding "incorporation by reference" of private standards into federal regulations at the American Bar Association Section on Administrative Law's Spring Conference, May 2012.

Presented a paper on standing at faculty workshop, George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C., April 2012.

Presented comments on scholarly papers at the Administrative Law Roundtable, Columbia Law School, April 2012.

Presented a paper on agency treatment of public comments at Northwestern University Law School, April 2011.

Michigan Law Wordmark Print View