What the Law Should (and Should Not) Learn from Child Development Research

Lecture Date



As a Siben Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Buss was asked to write an article for the Hofstra Law Review. Her article, cited below, may be downloaded from the link at the top of the page.

Emily Buss, What the Law Should (and Should Not) Learn from Child Development Research, 38 Hofstra L. Rev. 13 (2009).

Speaker Information

Emily Buss is the Mark and Barbara Fried Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, where her research focuses on the rights of children and parents and the division of legal authority over children’s development among parent, child and state.

As Kanter Director of Policy Initiatives, Buss headed a multi-year project aimed at improving the legal system’s treatment of children aging out of foster care. In addition to courses focused on the relationship between parent, child and the state, Buss teaches courses in Civil Procedure and Evidence.

Buss received her B.A. from Yale University in 1982 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1986. After graduating from law school, she clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From 1989 to 1990, Buss worked as a staff attorney in the Child Advocacy Unit of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. In 1990, Buss joined the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia and from 1993 to 1996 she served as the Center's deputy director. She joined the University of Chicago Law School faculty in 1996.