Scott Cummings is the Robert Henigson Professor at the UCLA School of Law, where he teaches and writes about the legal profession, legal mobilization, and access to justice. He is founding director of the Program on Legal Ethics and the Profession, which advances empirical study of lawyers, and served as Director of the Program on Public Interest Law & Policy. Cummings is a 2021 Fellow at Stanford’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and a 2022 Fulbright Distinguished Chair at the European University Institute in Florence. His recent work includes “Lawyers and Movements: Legal Mobilization in Transformative Times” (Oxford 2022), “An Equal Place: Lawyers in the Struggle for Los Angeles” (Oxford 2021), and “Global Pro Bono: Causes, Consequences, and Contestation” (with Silva and Trubek) (Cambridge Law & Society Series 2021).
Cummings is on the editorial board of Law & Social Inquiry, has won NSF grants for his study of Public Interest Lawyers in a Time of Crisis (with Abel and Albiston) and Global Pro Bono, and has received multiple LSA International Research Collaborative grants to promote mentoring and inter-cultural exchange around public interest lawyering. Cummings is a committed LSA member, participating in every meeting since he started teaching in 2002, and has played significant leadership roles, serving as co-chair of the CRN Committee, chair of the Jacob Prize Committee, and as a member of other committees including the Wheeler Mentorship Prize Committee, International Scholarship Committee, and Program Committee.