Professor Scott Dewey specializes in faculty research support and provides in-depth research assistance to the Law School faculty. He also works closely with the Minnesota Law Review, and provides other reference services to the Law School community.
Professor Dewey earned J.D. and M.L.I.S. degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and he is a member of Order of the Coif. He also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in 20th century United States history and environmental history from Rice University, and a B.A. in history from the University of Houston Honors College. Prior to joining the Law Library faculty, Professor Dewey served for several years as the Assistant Director of Scholarly Support and Research Assistance at the UCLA School of Law. He also has taught general U.S. history and American environmental history courses at California State University, Los Angeles and worked as a judicial attorney for the California Court of Appeal.
Professor Dewey’s research interests include environmental law and policy, criminal law and procedure, juvenile dependency, legal history and the history of legal education, the evolution of legal precedent, citation analysis, and the politics and sociology of legal and scholarly reputation and authority. He is an expert on the history of air pollution, and the author of “Don’t Breathe the Air”: Air Pollution and U.S. Environmental Politics, 1945-1970 (Texas A&M University Press, 2000).