Scott Hollander received the 2004 Child Advocate of the Year Award from the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the 2004 Child Advocacy Award from the American Bar Association for his work at KidsVoice in developing a multidisciplinary approach to child advocacy that teams attorneys with other professionals on the KidsVoice staff with backgrounds in child development, social work, education, mental health, physical therapy, and substance abuse and domestic violence treatment.
He testified before the Northern Ireland Assembly about potential reforms in the child welfare system and the proposed creation of new national position, Commissioner For Children, to oversee all children’s issues in Northern Ireland.
He co-authored the Uniform Tribal Children’s Code, the child abuse and neglect laws for the seven Native American Tribes of Michigan. He also developed the nation’s first program to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent children in domestic violence cases involving restraining orders between parents. That pro bono program was named by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges as a “best practices” model in 1997. Hollander was the only child advocate appointed by the National Center for State Courts to help conduct a national study and evaluation of custody decisions in domestic violence cases.
He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by his peers as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, which means that he is considered among the top 5% of lawyers in Pennsylvania.
Before joining KidsVoice, Hollander was an attorney with the Pittsburgh firm of Evans Ivory and a law firm in Seattle. He previously served as the senior staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center in Denver and taught child advocacy and trial skills as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law. He currently teaches at Duquesne University Law School as an adjunct professor in the Civil and Family Justice Clinic.
He received his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from the University of Michigan, where he represented children in abuse, neglect and custody proceedings in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic and was awarded an interdisciplinary fellowship to study child abuse.
Hollander also works as a consultant for Hollywood screenplays and television scripts. His project, The Guardian, was a prime-time television drama on CBS for three seasons about child advocacy in Pittsburgh.