Four Columbia Law School Professors Contribute to Landmark Book on Children

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New York, Dec. 10, 2009 – A new book that aims to provide parents and professionals with the latest information on all aspects of child studies and development includes contributions from four Columbia Law School professors.
The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion contains more than 500 articles that bring together the latest research on children and childhood from pediatrics, child psychology, education, sociology, law, anthropology, and other related areas.
According to the publisher, University of Chicago Press, the entries present certain “universal facts” about childhood development, but also consider “the ways in which race, ethnicity, gender socioeconomic status and cultural traditions” can affect children’s experiences.
The contributors from the Law School are:
  • Jeffrey Fagan, Professor of Law and Epidemiology, on children in the adult criminal justice system. 
  • Carol Sanger, the Barbara Aronstein Black Professor of Law, on emancipation. 
  • Elizabeth S. Scott, the Harold R. Medina Professor in Procedural Jurisprudence; Vice Dean, on legal perspectives on adolescent decision-making. 
  • Jane M. Spinak, the Edward Ross Aranow Clinical Professor of Law, on Family Court.
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