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Scott Altman

Scott Altman

Virginia S. and Fred H. Bice Professor of Law

Last Updated: Friday, May 19, 2017

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Scott Altman is an expert in jurisprudence, property and family law. In his role as professor at USC Gould School Law, he teaches Family Law, Property, Jurisprudence and Community Property. He joined the USC Law faculty in 1988, served as associate dean from 1995 to 2006 and as vice dean from 2007 to 2016.

Altman’s recent research focuses on child custody and divorce issues. He has published articles on judicial candor, commodification, coercion, blackmail, threats to litigate child custody, and equality norms applied to child custody. His publications include “A Theory of Child Support” (International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, 2003); “Divorcing Threats and Offers” (Law & Philosophy, 1996); and “Beyond Candor” (Michigan Law Review, 1990).

Dean Altman earned his BA’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where he served as developments chair for the Harvard Law Review. He was a clerk to Judge Dorothy Nelson of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 1987 to 1988, and he joined the USC Law faculty as assistant professor in 1988. He was named the Virginia S. and Fred H. Bice Professor of Law in 1997.

See Dean Altman’s working papers on the Social Science Research Network http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=17336

Articles and Book Chapters

  • "The Pursuit of Intimacy and Parental Rights," in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Law (Andrei Marmor, ed., Routledge, 2012). - (PDF)
  • "A Theory of Child Support," 17 Int’l J.L. Pol’y & Fam. 173 (2003). - (Hein)
  • "Grateful Victims" (draft)
  • "Should Child Custody Rules be Fair?," 35 U. Louisville Journal Family Law 325 (1996). - (Hein)
  • "Divorcing Threats and Offers," 15 Law & Phil. 209 (1997).
  • "Lurking in the Shadow," 68 Southern California Law Review 493 (1995). - (Hein)
  • "A Patchwork Theory of Blackmail," 141 U. Pennsylvania Law Review 1639 (1993). - (Hein)
  • "(Com)Modifying Experience," 65 Southern California Law Review 293 (1991). - (Hein)
  • "Beyond Candor," 89 Michigan Law Review 296 (1990). - (Hein)
  • "Case Comment, Posadas v. Tourism Co.," 100 Harvard Law Review 172 (1987). - (Hein)
  • "Note, The Inalienable Rights of Surrogate Mothers," 99 Harvard Law Review 1936 (1986). - (Hein)

FACULTY IN THE NEWS

The Columbian
May 21, 2017
Re: Susan Estrich

Susan Estrich published an op-ed on how the actions of President Donald Trump reflect on the presidency. “Firing the attorney general for standing up to the president? Check. Attempting to interfere with a Justice Department investigation? Check. Threatening the FBI director? That’s a new one. Revealing classified information to the Russians? Also a new one. And most of that was just this week’s news. In retrospect, Richard Nixon starts looking better and better,” said Estrich.

RECENT SCHOLARSHIP

Hannah Garry
March, 2017

"The International Criminal Court and its Role in the Peaceful Settlement of Disputes," Conference on the Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes and the Function of International Judicial Bodies, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China.

Hannah Garry
March, 2017

Hannah Garry was a judge of the 2017 International Criminal Court Trial National Competition for 23 Chinese law schools, co-organized by the China University of Political Science and Law and the International Criminal Court, Beijing, China.

Ariela Gross
March, 2017

"Comparing Law, Race, Slavery and Freedom in the Americas" (with Alejandro de la Fuente), Legal History Workshop, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA.