JD, Stanford University, 1978;
AB, Princeton University 1974
Elizabeth Schmidt teaches Nonprofit Law and Social and Environmental Enterprises at Vermont Law School as part of the hybrid distance learning program she has begun in her position as Director of George Mason University's Center for Social Entrepreneurship. These two courses combine law, business, and public policy students from several schools and universities into a single course. The premise behind these courses is that students from different disciplines will learn a common language and begin to break down the communication barriers that often prevent well-meaning individuals from solving pressing social and environmental problems.
Before moving to George Mason, Professor Schmidt taught at Vermont Law School, William and Mary Law School. and Marlboro College’s Managing for Sustainability MBA Program. In addition to being a professor, she has held legal and management positions at nonprofit organizations, and she has been a nonprofit management consultant. Professor Schmidt also writes about nonprofit governance, accountability, policies, and ethics, as well as the emerging area of social and environmental enterprises. She is the author of the legal textbook Nonprofit Law: The Life Cycle of a Charitable Organization.
Professor Schmidt graduated from Princeton University with magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors, and from Stanford University Law School, where she was Note Editor for the Stanford Law Review.