Susan Vivian Mangold, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer

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. Sue 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.

Sue 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.

She 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.


Photo Credit - John Arroyo of Photography Without Borders

Articles and Publications

Abrams, Ramsey, Mangold, Children and the Law, West Nutshell Series, 2018.

Abrams, Ramsey and Mangold, Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice, 6th ed., West Publishing, 2017. 

Abrams, Ramsey, Mangold, Teacher’s Manual to Children and the Law: Doctrine, Policy and Practice 6th Edition, West Publishing Company, 2017.

Susan Vivian Mangold.  “Child Welfare Law in the U.S.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Childhood Studies. Montgomery, H. (Ed.).  New York: Oxford University Press, 2015 (updated annually).

Susan Vivian Mangold, Catherine Cerulli, Crystal Ward Allen, “Flexiblity Matters: The Impact of Title IV-E Waivers and Local Levies on Outcomes for Children in Foster Care," (work in progress, listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for: LSN: Representing Children & Children's Interests and SRPN: Social Economics).

Susan Vivian Mangold, Catherine Cerulli, Gregory Kapcar, Crystal Ward Allen, Hua He, Nancy Chin and Kim Kaukeinen, “Using Community Based Partnership Research to Study the Relationship between Sources and Types of Funding and Mental Health Outcomes for Children Served by the Child Welfare System in Ohio,” 21, Journal of Law and Policy, 113-139, 2012.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Abuse and Neglect: Historical and Cultural Perspectives,” in The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Shweder, R. A. (Ed.), University of Chicago Press, 2009.

Suan Vivian Mangold, “Expanding the Parent-Child-State Triangle in Public Family Law: The Role of Private Providers,” in What is Right for Children? Competing Paradigms of Religion and Human Rights. Fineman, M. A.; Worthington, K. (Eds.), Ashgate, 2009.

Susan Vivian Mangold and Catherine Cerulli, “Follow the Money:  Federal, State and Local Funding Strategies for Child Welfare Services and the Impact of Local Levies on Adoptions in Ohio,” 38, Capital Law Review, 349, 2009.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Poor Enough to Be Eligible? Child Abuse, Neglect and the Poverty Requirement,” 81, St. John’s Law Review, 575, 2007.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Reforming Child Protection in Response to the Catholic Church Child Sexual Abuse Scandal,” 14, U. Fl. J. Law and Public Policy, 155, 2003.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Transgressing the Border Between Protection and Empowerment For Domestic Violence Victims and Older Children: Empowerment as Protection in the Foster Care System,” 36, New England Law Review, 69, 2001.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Extending Non-Exclusive Parenting and the Right to Protection for Older Foster Children: Creating Third Options in Permanency Planning,” 48 Buffalo Law Review 835, 2000. (reprinted with permission in Practicing Law Institute, Children’s Law Institute: Legal and Social Welfare Issues of Girls and Adolescents, p. 7- 53, 2001)

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Protection, Privatization and Profit in the Foster Care System,” 60, Ohio State Law Journal, 1295, 1999.

Susan Vivian Mangold, “Challenging the Parent-Child-State Triangle in Public Family Law: The Importance of Private Providers in the Dependency System,” 47, Buffalo Law Review, 1397, 1999.

Guest Editor, Law and Policy:  Special Co-editor with Murray Levine, Ph.D., J.D. of Focus on the Child in International Law: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Vol. 17:4, 1995.