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Charity Scott

Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law    , ,

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, the Catherine C. Henson Professor of Law, has a primary appointment with the College of Law and secondary appointments in the School of Public Health and J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Institute of Health Administration. She is founding director (2004-2014) of the Center for Law, Health & Society. Scott teaches various courses on healthcare law and policy, bioethics, tort law, negotiation and mediation.

Scott presented 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 b31fa8aa-d411-4452-9267-cf9135a7f347has published works 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.
Scott has received numerous grants, awards and recognitions. She served as lead faculty and program director for launching a national faculty fellowship program in public health law education, which was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the 2014-15 academic year. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. In 2016, she received a community service award for “Vision, Inspiration, and Resourcefulness in the Creation of the Health Law Partnership.”

In 2015, she received the College of Law’s David J. Maleski Award for Teaching Excellence. Scott 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 college’s Student Bar Association.
Scott is active in professional organizations including the Health Law Section of the American Bar Association, and is a member of its governing council. She initiated and was the first chair of its Task Force on ADR and Conflict Management in Health Care. She has chaired 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.

Scott was a founding leader in the educational and community outreach project, 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. Scott also was the founding director of the HeLP Legal Services Clinic for law and health-related graduate students, serving in that capacity for five years (2005-2010).
Scott has been affiliated as a faculty member with a number of interdisciplinary programs. She was 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.


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