Author: Amanda L. Scott

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. Read my remarks below! Thank you Provost Groves. For most of my life, I thought the doors of higher education were closed to me. I…
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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 privilege to be able to welcome you all to Georgetown. I sat where you’re sitting just three years ago. I looked around with both excitement…
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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 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…
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Op-Ed: Alabama hurts vulnerable citizens by refusing to expand Medicaid, imposing work requirements

This past month marked the 53rd anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. On July 30th, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs guaranteeing access to health care for America’s poor, elderly and disabled. Instead of recognizing Medicaid’s role in helping lift Alabamians out of poverty, Alabama continues to hurt its…
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Op-Ed: Alabama should ban gay and trans ‘panic’ defenses

Alabama’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community has come a good way in only three years. In 2015, a federal judge in Mobile struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional, giving way for Alabama’s same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. In 2017, Birmingham approved a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the…
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Selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama!

I am thrilled to announce that I’ve been selected as a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama, a highly competitive federal scholarship for college juniors who plan to pursue a career in public service. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 in funding for graduate school as well as leadership development and internship placements. This year, 59 students…
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