Scott, a member of the firm’s Healthcare, Life Sciences & Education team, represents higher education institutions in a wide range of governance, faculty, student, and general employment matters. A former in-house attorney for a major research university, he has extensive experience advising governing boards, senior administrators, and institutional committees in addressing complex and high-stakes situations, including faculty tenure and discipline proceedings; investigations of alleged discrimination or other misconduct by senior administrators, faculty, and students; and other matters that require a strategic approach and close coordination with multiple institutional constituencies. Scott also represents institutions in a wide range of litigation matters and agency proceedings, including U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights investigations and compliance reviews, Title IX litigation filed by complainants and respondents, and a broad range of other litigation matters in state and federal courts. He has significant experience with issues arising under Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, state and federal privacy and confidentiality laws, and various constitutional provisions. Scott also advises colleges and universities on risk management and compliance issues by assisting with threat assessment teams, reviewing and revising internal procedures and handbooks, and providing educational programming on key legal issues facing administrators and governing boards.
Earlier in his career, Scott was a partner in Babbitt, Land & Warner LLP, which focused on higher education legal services. He has also served as assistant and associate general counsel at Northwestern University, where his responsibilities included student affairs, affirmative action, athletics, admissions, regulatory compliance, litigation, and policy development and review.
Scott is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). He frequently presents at conferences, seminars and webinars on significant legal issues affecting higher education.