Alexander W. Scherr

Associate Professor and Director of Civil Clinics

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

Courses: 

Civil Externship
Public Interest Practicum
Dispute Resolution

Biographical Information: 

Alexander W. Scherr joined the Georgia Law faculty in 1996 as the first director of civil clinics. He created the Civil Externship program and helped to establish the Family Violence Clinic. In addition, he teaches and manages the Public Interest Practicum. Scherr provides instruction in these programs and also teaches Dispute Resolution and Evidence and co-teaches in the Environmental Practicum.

Scherr initiated and helped to create the law school's Mediation Practicum, designed to provide students with certification as court-related mediators. 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 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

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).