Emily Buss's research interests include children's and parents' rights and the legal system's allocation of authority and responsibility for children’s development among parent, child, and state. She has worked with students to reform the foster care system, giving particular attention to the role of the courts, the transition from foster care to adulthood, and the placement and supports provided to extended family caregivers. Ms. Buss teaches civil procedure, evidence, and courses addressing the law's treatment of children.
Ms. Buss received her BA summa cum laude from Yale University in 1982 and her JD from Yale Law School in 1986. After graduating from law school, Ms. Buss clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. From 1989 to 1990, Ms. Buss worked as a staff attorney in the Child Advocacy Unit of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. In 1990, Ms. Buss joined the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, and from 1993 to 1996 she served as the Center's deputy director.