Alexander W. Scherr

Associate Dean for Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning

B.A., Yale University
J.D., University of Michigan

Courses: 

Civil Externship
Public Interest Practicum
Dispute Resolution

Biographical Information: 

Alexander W. Scherr serves as the associate dean for clinical programs and experiential learning. Scherr joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1996 as its first director of civil clinics. He has played a large role in the establishment of clinical courses at the law school, including the unit’s Atlanta Semester in Practice Program, its D.C. Semester-in-Practice Program, its Civil Externship, its Family Violence Clinic, its Mediation Practicum, and its Community Health Law Partnership. He has taught the Civil Externships and Public Interest Practicum, as well as Dispute Resolution and Evidence. He also served as program coordinator for the Public Interest Fellowship program, which ran from 2007 to 2012.

His scholarship includes "Daubert and Danger: The 'Fit' of Expert Predictions in Civil Commitments" in the Hastings Law Review and "Lawyers and Decisions: A Model of Practical Judgment" in the Villanova Law Review. Scherr also edits Georgia Law of Evidence (5th ed., 1999), a text originally created by the late UGA professor Thomas Green.

Scherr is the co-editor of the leading text for externship clinics, Learning From Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, 3d ed. (West Academic, 2016) for which he authored several chapters. He has served as President of the Clinical Legal Education Association, chair of the American Association of Law School’s Clinical Advisory Committee, and as a member of the AALS Clinical Section’s Executive Committee. He chaired the planning committee for the 2015 AALS Clinical Conference that had more than 700 participants and over 200 presenters and has helped to plan countless other national and regional conferences.

Scherr is a consultant for clinical programs nationally and regularly presents at national and regional clinical legal education conferences. He has played an active role in reforming ABA standards for externship courses. He serves as a drafter of the Multistate Performance Test for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and of the California Performance Test. He is a member of the Advisory Group for the Aspire Clinic, a multi-disciplinary clinic at UGA that includes legal services offered by students under his supervision.

Scherr earned his B.A. cum laude from Yale University and his J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan. He spent two years in private practice in Vermont, then 11 years at Vermont Legal Aid, where he directed both its general program and the Mental Health Law Project. He practiced actively in state and federal appellate courts, in both individual and class action suits, and advocated in both legislative and administrative fora. Scherr also practiced as a mediator in family, small claims and community disputes and participated actively in the Vermont Mediators Association and in various government commissions and committees on dispute resolution.

Scherr serves on the board of the Society of American Law Teachers and is a consultant for clinical programs nationally. He has also been an active member of the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education, has served as a drafter of the Multistate Performance Test for the National Conference of Bar Examiners and was on the board of the Clinical Legal Education Association, serving as its president in 2005.

Scherr participates actively in local, state, regional and national education programs. He helped design portions of the Georgia Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism's nationally recognized pilot mentoring program. He has presented continuing education programs for both practitioners and judges on topics including domestic violence law, mental health law and negotiation. He regularly presents at national and regional clinical legal education conferences and serves as a primary organizer of national training for new clinicians.

Scherr was selected as one of 10 UGA Lilly Teaching Fellows for 2000-02. The program recognizes excellence in teaching and provides funding to strengthen course work, program development and scholarship. In 1999, he was videotaped as one of 50 citizens nationwide to read and discuss their favorite poem for the Favorite Poems Project, developed by the poet laureate and archived in the Library of Congress.

Publications & Activities

ARTICLES

Toward a New World of Externships: Introduction to Papers From Externships 4 and 5, 17 Clinical L. Rev. 1 (2010) (with H. Katz).

Making Law, Making Place: Lawyers and the Production of Space, 34 Progress in Hum. Geography 175 (Apr. 2010) (with D. Martin and C. City).

Daubert & Danger: The "Fit" of Expert Predictions in Civil Commitments, 55 Hastings L.J. 1 (Nov. 2003).

Popular Culture as a Lens on Legal Professionalism, 55 S.C. L. Rev. 351 (Winter 2003) (with Hilary Farber).

Lawyers and Decisions: A Model of Practical Judgment, 47 Vill. L. Rev. 161 (2002).
 
 
BOOKS

Learning From Practice: A Text for Experiential Legal Education, 3d ed. (co-edited) (West Academic, 2016). 

Green's Georgia Law of Evidence (West, 2012-13).

2003 update for Green’s Georgia Law of Evidence. (West, 2003).

2002 update for Green’s Georgia Law of Evidence. (West, 2002).

2000-2001 Supplement to Green’s Georgia Law of Evidence. (Anderson, 2001).

Georgia Law of Evidence, 5th ed. (Harrison Co., 1999) (with Thomas Fitzgerald Green).