Professor Scott Cummings teaches Business Associations, Professional Responsibility, and Community Economic Development, and he is faculty chair of the Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. His scholarship focuses on the organization and practice of public interest law, and he is currently working on a book that examines the role of public interest lawyers in the movement to transform the Los Angeles low-wage economy.
In law school, Cummings served as executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He clerked for Judge A. Wallace Tashima of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Judge James B. Moran of the Northern District of Illinois. In 1996, Cummings was awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel in Los Angeles, where he provided transactional legal assistance to nonprofit organizations and small businesses engaged in community revitalization efforts.