Professor Bird-Pollan joined the faculty in 2010 and is now the James and Mary Lassiter Associate Professor of Law. She teaches Federal Income Tax, Estate & Gift Tax, International Tax, Partnership Tax, Corporate Tax, and a Seminar in Tax Policy. She received her JD from Harvard Law School, where she was the articles editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, and her BA in Philosophy and French from Penn State University, where she graduated with distinction and honors in Philosophy. Professor Bird-Pollan also earned an MA and PhD in Philosophy from Vanderbilt University. Before law school she taught undergraduate philosophy courses at Vanderbilt and at Harvard College.
Prior to coming to UK, Professor Bird-Pollan practiced law as an attorney in the tax department at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, focusing primarily on partnership tax and non-profit tax law. Her current research lies at the intersection of tax law and philosophy, specifically with regard to questions of justice and fairness.
Professor Bird-Pollan served as the 2014-2015 Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and also served as a visiting professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. A member of the Kentucky chapter of the New Leaders Council, Professor Bird-Pollan has also spent the past several years assisting with the College of Law VITA program, and serves as the faculty advisor to the College of Law Tax Law Society.