JD, Stanford University, 1978;
AB, Princeton University 1974
Professor Elizabeth Schmidt teaches Nonprofit Law and Property at Vermont Law School. She has also taught Nonprofit Law, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Employment Discrimination, Legal Writing, and Legal Skills at the College of William and Mary.
In addition to being a law professor, Professor Schmidt has been a corporate litigator, legal counsel for GuideStar, a manager of educational outreach at Colonial Williamsburg, and a management consultant for nonprofit organizations. At Colonial Williamsburg and GuideStar, she developed mission-related and revenue-producing programs. As a management consultant, she wrote strategic plans, helped organizations improve governance, guided organizations through transitions, and led seminars on legal and managerial issues facing nonprofits. She also authored several community assessments and helped communities determine how best to meet their goals.
She has authored articles related to nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as the casebook Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization. She has also written about the emerging area of social enterprise. She received an AB degree, magna cum laude, from Princeton University, and a JD degree from Stanford University, where she was a note editor for the Stanford Law Review.