Scott, whose ancestors either survived the Holocaust or fled Central Europe shortly beforehand, has always held a deep commitment to human rights and refugee issues, and hopes to continue his work in these areas with the IHRC. While at Colgate University, Scott organized a concert-fundraiser for the Blue Diamond Society and raised over $2,000 for an organization that helps Syrian refugees find homes in the United States and Canada. Additionally, Scott interned at the Community Relations Service (CRS) in the United States Department of Justice, an office dedicated to easing tensions in communities that have struggled with police-citizen relations, particularly in minority communities.
Scott also dedicated time during college and after graduation to directly serving underprivileged clients. At Colgate, Scott volunteered for the Upstate Institute’s Consumer Bankruptcy Law Project, where he helped provide pro bono services to impoverished residents filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Utica, NY. After college, Scott assisted attorneys at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in representing impoverished clients on eviction cases.
Since enrolling at USC Gould, Scott has been active with the Consumer Advocacy and Protection Society, and the Jewish Law Students Association, and spent his 1L summer externing for Judge Rozella Oliver in the Central District of California.
“My interest in the International Human Rights Clinic stems from a combination of my family history and commitment to pro bono service. As a descendant of Jews who either survived the Holocaust or escaped Central Europe shortly beforehand, a commitment to human rights and refugee issues is part of my identity.”