Scott, Ebony M.
Appointed: February 25, 2022
Judge Ebony M. Scott was nominated for Associate Judge in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by President Joseph Biden in September 2021 and confirmed by the Senate in February 2022. Previously, Judge Scott was appointed Magistrate Judge by Chief Judge Robert E. Morin in January 2020.
Judge Scott was born and raised in Buffalo, N.Y. She graduated from the University of Rochester with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and earned her law degree from American University Washington College of Law in 2006.
Following graduation from law school, Judge Scott served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Following her clerkship, she joined the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., where she litigated personal injury cases on behalf of plaintiffs in the District of Columbia and Maryland. After spending five years at the firm, Judge Scott joined the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in 2012 as an Assistant Attorney General in the Neighborhood and Victim Services Section. As an Assistant Attorney General, she prosecuted a variety of cases involving drug, firearm, and prostitution related nuisances, as well as businesses operating without proper business licenses and endorsements. In 2015, she was appointed as Acting Chief, and was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of her section.
In 2016, Judge Scott joined the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights as General Counsel. In her role, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Legal Division and managed the resolution of discrimination complaints arising under the D.C. Human Rights Act, the D.C. Language Access Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Criminal Records Screening Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other federal and District laws.
In 2018, Judge Scott joined the Mayor’s Office of Legal Counsel as Deputy Director. In this role, she assisted the Director in supervising all agency counsel reporting to the Mayor, and provided legal advice to the Mayor, agency Directors, and Deputy Mayors, on personnel and programmatic matters, district-wide policies, and ongoing litigation.
Judge Scott has always been committed to public service. She currently serves as an Abramson Scholarship Foundation mentor and plays an active role on its mentoring committee. She is a former member of the Trial Lawyers’ Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., and previously served as a governor on the Board of Governors, and as chair of the Education Committee. She has also been an active member of the American Association for Justice and served for two years as one of the regional coordinators for the Washington, D.C. regional tournament for the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, where over 200 law school teams competed in 14 regional competitions across the country. Judge Scott is also an Adjunct Professorial Lecturer at American University Washington College of Law.
Judge Scott resides in the District with her husband.
The Honorable Anita Josey-Herring, Chief Judge of the Superior Court of Washington, DC administered the oath to Judge Scott on the morning of Feburary 25, 2022.