- M.S.C.M., Kennesaw State University (master of science in conflict management, Golden Key International Honour Society)
J.D., Harvard Law School, (cum laude)
A.B., Stanford University, (Phi Beta Kappa, graduated with distinction, honors in comparative literature)
Charity Scott is the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law at Georgia State University with joint appointments in the College of Law and J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Institute of Health Administration. She was the founding Director of the Center for Law, Health & Society at the College of Law, serving in that capacity for ten years (2004-2014). Professor Scott teaches various courses on health care law and policy, bioethics, tort law, and negotiation.
Professor Scott has given presentations on health law topics to international, national, and regional legal and medical audiences, including the American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, American Medical Association, Federal Judicial Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics, State Bar of Georgia, Georgia Academy of Healthcare Attorneys, and the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. She has published on a variety of health law issues, including conflict resolution in health care, antitrust and the health care field, medical ethics and the law, medical privacy, and health policy.
Professor Scott has received numerous grants, awards, and recognitions. Currently, she serves as Lead Faculty and Program Director for launching a national faculty fellowship program in public health law education, which is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, for academic year 2014-2015. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. She was the 2010 recipient of the Heroes in Healthcare Ethics Award, presented by the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia. In 2006, she received the Jay Healey Distinguished Health Law Professor Award, presented by the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. In 2004, she received the Exceptional Service Award presented by Georgia State University to a faculty member for exceptional discipline-related service. She has also been recognized as Professor of the Year by the Georgia State Law student bar association.
Professor Scott has long been active in professional organizations. She has served in various leadership capacities with the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association, including as a member of its Governing Council. She currently serves as the Chair of its newly established Task Force on ADR and Conflict Management in Health Care. She has also served as Chair of the Health Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and for many years was the Editor of its publication on federal and state health law developments.
Professor Scott was a founding leader in the educational and community outreach project known as the Health Law Partnership (HeLP) in metropolitan Atlanta. Established in 2004, HeLP is an innovative, interdisciplinary community collaboration among Georgia State Law’s Center for Law, Health & Society, the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. HeLP’s mission is to improve the health of low-income children and their families through on-site legal services clinics at Children’s hospitals and to foster interdisciplinary practice and education between the legal and health-related professions. By combining the health care expertise of hospital professionals with the legal expertise of attorneys, HeLP is a medical-legal partnership that provides a coordinated and integrated set of services to address the multiple determinants of low-income children’s health. Professor Scott was also the founding Director of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic for law and health-related graduate students at the College of Law, serving in that capacity for five years (2005-2010).
Professor Scott is affiliated as a faculty member with a number of interdisciplinary programs. She is Associate Faculty with Emory University’s Center for Ethics, where for many years she joined an interdisciplinary faculty team to offer clinical ethics classes for third-year medical students and residents. At Georgia State University, she is a faculty affiliate with the School of Public Health in the Partnership for Urban Health Research and the Center for Leadership in Disability.