Scot oversees Shook’s pro bono program, chairs the firm’s pro bono committee and leads the public interest advocacy efforts in all offices. Scot has been practicing for more than 18 years, with 15 years’ experience leading successful, award-winning pro bono programs.
Under Scot’s leadership, firm professionals assist low-income individuals, underserved communities and nonprofit organizations with both interesting and important matters that span a wide range of substantive legal issues. Additionally, Scot’s deep, longstanding relationships with the country’s leading advocacy groups have attracted some of the most important large-impact civil rights cases of our time.
Scot has a proven track record of increasing pro bono participation dramatically and is considered a leader in the law firm pro bono profession. A testament to his success is the long list of honors and recognitions his pro bono programs have received from prominent legal aid groups, civil rights organizations, publications and bar associations around the country, including the American Bar Association’s 2020 Pro Bono Publico Award. His programs have also received awards from The State Bar of California, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Legal Aid Society of New York, LatinoJustice, Public Counsel Law Center, Immigration Equality, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Lawyers Alliance for New York, Swords to Plowshares, Victim Rights Law Center, Western Center on Law & Poverty, Alliance for Children’s Rights, Inner City Law Center, the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice, The American Lawyer and Law360.
Scot is a founding board member of the Law Firm Anti-Racism Alliance, an organization dedicated to empowering private law firms to work to obliterate structural and systemic racism in the law. He has also taught a seminar on law firm pro bono programs at the University of Virginia School of Law, and he is frequently invited to speak at conferences and law schools around the country.
Scot’s pro bono programs helped to obtain the following high profile litigation results:
Republican National Committee v. Gavin Newsom (RNC’s Challenge to California Mail-in Ballot Initiative)
City of San Jose v. Ross (The California 2020 Census Challenge)
J.L. v. Cissna (Class Action on Behalf of California Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Youth)
Asencio v. FEMA (Puerto Rican Hurricane Refugee Case)
Martese Johnson v. Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control
David v. Signal International, LLC (The Signal Human Trafficking Litigation)
Presentations and Publications
Co-Facilitator, Cultural Sensitivity in Pro Bono Representations, Los Angeles, 2019.
Facilitator, The Intersection of Health Care and Immigration: Tackling the “Public Charge” Rule Through Pro Bono Involvement, Equal Justice Conference, Louisville, 2019.
Co-Presenter, Pros & Cons of Corporate Pro Bono Partnering, Association of Pro Bono Counsel Academy, Atlanta, 2018.
Guest Lecturer, Law Firm Economics and the Public Interest, USC Gould School of Law, 2017.
Co-Author, Instilling a Commitment to Pro Bono, Journal of Legal Education, Association of American Law Schools, 2013.
Shook Lures Big Pro Bono Fish to Deepen the Firm’s National Efforts, The American Lawyer, August 9, 2021.
Big Law and The Ballot: The Pro Bono Fight for Mail-In Voting, Law360, August 23, 2020.
Working for Free: Lawyers Incorporating Pro Bono Into Their Lives Talk About Its Rewards, Challenges, ABA Journal, February 1, 2013.