Mr. Pollak serves as a mediator and arbitrator. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Panel of Mediators appointed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Commencing in February 2016, Mr. Pollak has been serving as Chair of the Panel of Mediators on appointment by the two courts.
Mr. Pollak is President of the Historical Society of the District of Columbia Circuit, a tax-exempt corporation with a mission to record, preserve, and publicize the life and history of the courts of the District of Columbia Circuit.
Mr. Pollak is a founding member of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission with service commencing in 2007.
Mr. Pollak served as President of the District of Columbia Bar (1980-81) and was a member of the Board of Governors of the Bar for four years. He served as Chair of the Bar’s Public Service Activities Committee (1989-95) and was the leader in reorganization of the Bar’s pro bono activities. Mr. Pollak served as President of the District of Columbia Bar Foundation (2008-09) and as a member of its Board of Directors (2003-09).
Mr. Pollak served as a member and Chair of the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (1984-90, 1994-96), responsible for selection of the Chief Judges of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia as well as presentation to the President of candidates for nomination as judges of those courts.
Mr. Pollak has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law since 1969 and serves on its Amicus Committee. He served as a Co-Chair from 1975-1977.
Mr. Pollak was a partner at Shea & Gardner prior to its combination with Goodwin in 2004, and served as chair of its Executive Committee from 1993-1996. Prior to joining Shea & Gardner, Mr. Pollak served in the U.S. Department of Justice and the White House from 1961 through 1969. Among his governmental positions were Advisor to the President for National Capital Affairs (1967) and First Assistant and Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Civil Rights Division (1965-67, 1967-69) and Assistant to the Solicitor General (1961-64).