Professor Scharf earned her J.D. in 1991 from Harvard Law School, where she served as an editor on the Journal on Legislation. Prior to coming to the Boyd School of Law, Professor Scharf worked as a senior attorney with the National Center for Law and Economic Justice (formerly known as the Welfare Law Center) in New York City, where she conducted class action impact litigation throughout the United States, primarily in the area of public benefits law. While there, she won the coveted “Association of the Bar of the City of New York Civil Legal Services Award” for her work promoting economic and social justice through the law. Before working for the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, she worked as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of New York City, providing legal services to impoverished families in the South Bronx. She has published articles in the areas of legal writing and welfare reform. Professor Scharf teaches Family Law, Legal Research and Writing, and Privacy, Publicity & Defamation.