Amanda L. Scott

Public interest paralegal / Washington, DC

ABOUT ME

A paralegal with a passion for public service

I’m a passionate advocate for civil rights and access to justice. I’m currently a paralegal for the national ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where I defend the right to vote and fight against voter suppression of communities of color, low-income people and people with disabilities. I also serve on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence advising county leadership on how to best address hate crimes and bias incidents.

A proud first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Alabama Community College with my A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies, and received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University, where I graduated as a Harry S. Truman Scholar with my B.A. in Government. Ultimately, I hope to go to law school and pursue a career as a public interest attorney.

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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

AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION
VOTING RIGHTS PROJECT
WASHINGTON, DC

July 2019 – Present

Currently working as a paralegal for the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project protecting and expanding the right to vote

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

October 2017 – August 2018

Helped enforce the federal laws guaranteeing the right to vote, including the Voting Rights Act

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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