Amanda L. Scott

Public interest paralegal / Washington, DC

ABOUT ME

A paralegal with a passion for public service

I am a Harry S. Truman Scholar and a recent graduate of Georgetown University soon to be transitioning into a paralegal role for a national nonprofit. A proud first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from community college, and received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University. Ultimately, I hope to go to law school to become a public interest attorney and eventually run for public office.

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PUBLIC SERVICE

Serving as a 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholar and a member of the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Expanding access to justice for low-income communities in civil cases involving basic human needs such as housing, health care and public benefits

CIVIL RIGHTS

Advocating for the interests of women, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants and religious minorities

OP-ED IN THE WASHINGTON POST: We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in eviction cases?

“Our Constitution guarantees the right to an attorney to those accused of a crime, as upheld in the landmark Supreme Court case Gideon v. Wainwright. But for those at risk of losing their homes, there’s no such guarantee. That’s because Gideon covers only criminal cases, and eviction proceedings are a civil matter.”

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EDUCATION + EXPERIENCE

GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY
WASHINGTON, DC

B.A., Major in Government, Minor in History, Class of 2019

Concentrations in American Government & History

Honors and Awards: Senior Convocation Speaker; New Student Convocation Speaker; Harry S. Truman Scholarship; George Wescott Carey Scholarship; 1789 Scholarship; Dean’s List

COASTAL ALABAMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BAY MINETTE, ALABAMA

A.A.S., Major in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude, Class of 2016

Honors and Awards: Paralegal Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION 
WASHINGTON, DC

October 2017 – August 2018

Helped enforce the civil provisions of the federal laws that protect the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE MAYOR
GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WASHINGTON, DC

June 2017 – August 2017

Served the residents of the District of Columbia under the Mayor Bowser administration

SKILLS

LEGAL RESEARCH & WRITING

Trained in WestLaw Next, LexisNexis Advance, and Bluebook citation

LEGAL SUPPORT

Experienced in conducting client intake, preparing legal memos, drafting pleadings and case management

PUBLIC POLICY

Tracked legislative developments, produced policy briefs, delivered testimony remarks and wrote opinion editorials

CONSTITUENT RELATIONS

Assisted staffers with constituent casework and updated case files in IQ and Salesforce

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Addressing Georgetown’s class of 2019

In May I had the honor of speaking at Georgetown University’s 2019 senior convocation to an audience of over 3,000+ people, including 1,700 fellow graduating seniors, faculty members, and guests.[…]

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Welcoming new Georgetown students

In January I had the opportunity to address incoming students of Georgetown University at spring convocation. My remarks can be read below! As a transfer student myself, it is a[…]

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Op-Ed: We have a right to counsel in criminal cases. Why not in evictions?

I am incredibly excited to share that I’ve had an op-ed published in the Washington Post in print and online today on the need for a civil right to counsel[…]

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“Don’t love the law. It will inevitably disappoint you. Understand that the law is a tool, a mechanism, a construct. . . American law today sometimes deserves respect, other times it deserves condemnation. It must always be obeyed, but it need not be admired. . . If you don’t love the law, what should you love? Love liberty. Love justice. Love the good that law can produce. Aspirations don’t disappoint, so long as you realize that the struggle for liberty, justice and anything else worth pursuing never stays won.”

– Alan M. Dershowitz, Letters to a Young Lawyer