Susan Vivian Mangold, Esq.
Susan Vivian Mangold joined Juvenile Law Center in October 2015. She is a Professor Emeritus at University at Buffalo School of Law, where she taught for over 20 years and served as Vice Dean for Academics. Her teaching and scholarship focused on Children and the Law. Mangold was also Chair of the University-wide Strategic Strength in Civic Engagement and Public Policy, and brings her expertise in community-based research to Juvenile Law Center.
She is co-editor of West Publishing’s casebook, Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice (7th Edition, 2020). The author of numerous articles on the child welfare system, she was the primary investigator for a project funded by the Public Health Law Research Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to study the impact of different types of funding on long-term outcomes for children in foster care.
Mangold is a graduate of Harvard College where she co-chaired the Big Brother/Big Sister Program, then founded Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program (now Summer Urban Program) so the little brothers and sisters would have educational and recreational programs in the summers. This experience led to a post-college job as Program Director at a Girls Club (now Girls Inc.) in Massachusetts, providing after-school services to inner city girls, many of whom were involved in the child welfare and justice systems. It was the experience of working with girls involved in the child welfare system that led her to Harvard Law School with the intent of becoming a children’s attorney. During law school, she was Executive Director of Harvard Legal Aid and co-founder of the Children’s Rights Project. Upon graduation, she received a Harvard Law School Public Interest Fellowship to work at Juvenile Law Center in 1987, where she worked as a staff attorney for five years.
Mangold was a member of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Committee on the Neurobiological and Socio-behavioral Science of Adolescent Development and Its Applications, which published "The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth (2019)." She has been speaking widely on the child welfare and juvenile justice reforms advocated in the report.