January 19, 2011

Scott Schumacher honored by AALS

Scott Schumacher

Scott Schumacher is one of only six legal educators in the country honored as a 2010 Bellow Scholar by the Clinical Legal Education section of the Association of American Law Schools.

The Bellow Scholar Program honors the work of the late Gary Bellow (1935-2000), a friend, mentor, teacher and inspiration to generations of activist lawyers and advocates for justice for the poor. The program calls attention to innovative anti-poverty or access to justice projects that encourage collaboration and empirical analysis.

Scott’s project Fellow Travelers, a systematic study of clinical teaching fellowships is a joint endeavor with Michael Robinson-Dorn (formerly of UW now at Irvine) along with Carroll Seron, Ph.D. (Irvine), an expert in empirical research.

The other honorees include:

  • Judith Fox (Notre Dame), Debt Collection: A Survey of Indiana Courts, a study undertaken in response to the FTC's 2009 report concluding that the nation's system of resolving disputes about consumer debt "is broken."
  • Linda Fisher (Seton Hall), "The Links Between the Foreclosure Process and Vacant & Abandoned Urban Properties," a study of the "ripple effects" of the foreclosure crisis in Newark, NJ, and in particular the social costs of abandoned properties in low-income neighborhoods.
  • M. Chris Fabricant & Adele Bernhard (Pace), "The Impact of CompStat-Based 'Zero Tolerance' Policing on Low-Income Communities of Color," an empirical study of the impact of so-called "zero tolerance policing" on a small subsection of the South Bronx.

As a Bellow, Scott joins the Bellow Committee whose members include:

  • Juliet Brodie (Stanford), co-chair
  • Mike Gregory (Harvard), co-chair
  • Brenda Batton Blom (Maryland)
  • Jeanne Charn (Harvard)
  • Susan Cole (Harvard)
  • Faith Mullen (Columbus Sch. of Law)
  • Dean Rivkin (Tennessee)
  • David Santacroce (Michigan)
  • Jeff Selbin (Berkeley, visiting at Yale)
  • Mary Spector (SMU)
  • Joe Tulman (UDC)