Elizabeth S. Scott is the Harold R. Medina Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Curriculum at Columbia Law School. She teaches family law, property, criminal law, and children and the law and has written extensively on child custody, adolescent decision-making, and juvenile delinquency. Her research is interdisciplinary, applying behavioral economics, social science research, and developmental theory to family/juvenile law and policy issues.
Elizabeth was the founder and co-director of the University of Virginia's Interdisciplinary Center for Children, Families and the Law. From 1995 to 2006, Scott was involved in empirical research on adolescents in the justice system as a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice.
In 2008, she published Rethinking Juvenile Justice with developmental psychologist Laurence Steinberg. The book draws on their collaborative work to offer a developmental framework for juvenile justice policy. Elizabeth received her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1977 and a B.A. from the College of William & Mary in 1967.
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