Andrew S. Pollis joined the faculty in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and was appointed as an Assistant Professor effective July 2011. He became an Associate Professor in July 2014 and a Professor in July 2016.
Pollis directs an Appellate Litigation Clinic in the Milton and Charlotte Kramer Law Clinic, hearkening back to his roots as a law student at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. His students have collected an impressive string of appellate successes, winning the vast majority of cases they have handled in the last few years. One of those cases—involving the standard for withdrawing a guilty plea—reached the Supreme Court of Ohio, where a former student argued it in April 2022. Pollis has also taught the Civil Litigation Clinic where, in 2011, he supervised two students who won a $1.1 million verdict in a jury trial. In addition to his clinical teaching, Pollis also teaches Evidence, coordinates the Appellate Practice program, and serves as a faculty advisor to moot-court teams.
Before coming to Case Western Reserve in 2008, Pollis practiced law for 18 years in the litigation department of the Cleveland-based law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. In private practice he focused extensively on appellate and commercial litigation. He has argued in numerous state and federal appellate courts across the country and has had two cases in the United States Supreme Court. He also has extensive trial experience, amassing verdicts totaling over $560 million, as well as experience in class-action litigation on the defense side.
Pollis is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as an appellate-law specialist. He lectures frequently on appellate procedure and since 2008 has co-authored (with retired Judge Mark Painter) the annual editions of Ohio Appellate Practice (Thomson/West).
Pollis has published articles on issues of appellate procedure and juror inference drawing. His articles have been published in Fordham Law Review, Florida Law Review, Boston College Law Review, and George Washington Law Review. His latest article—"The Appellate Judge as the Thirteenth Juror: Combating Implicit Bias in Criminal Convictions"—is forthcoming in 2022 in Temple Law Review.