Angela J. Scott currently serves as Chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, where she has been an active member for over 10 years. She has previously served on the ABA Disability Rights Commission and the ABA Young Lawyers Section.
Ms. Scott is a Civil Rights Attorney-Advisor for the Office of the General Counsel at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she helps to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex and religion. Ms. Scott’s practice area focuses on the enforcement of federal civil rights laws including, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Act, the Hill-Burton Act and Section 1808 of the Small Business and Job Protection Act of 1996, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color and national origin in the adoption and foster care system. Ms. Scott also uses her position to combat Access to Health Care issues, including Health Disparities and ensuring qualified individuals with Limited English Proficiency are afforded a meaningful opportunity to health care services. Additionally, for ten years, she served as the HHS Federal Liaison to the U.S. Access Board, an Independent Federal Agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities.
Ms. Scott’s commitment to protecting the rights of individuals is longstanding and extends far beyond her work with the Department. As a student, she served as an intern at the American Civil Liberties Union and she founded her college NAACP chapter. In law school, she interned with a Title VII Civil Rights law firm and served as a Student Attorney in the General Practice Clinic, where she advocated for her disabled client’s right to supplemental security income. Moreover, as a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer, she advocated for the rights of abused and neglected children in the Baltimore City child welfare system.
Ms. Scott is an American Bar Foundation Fellow, a Maryland Bar Foundation Fellow, a past Fellow of the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy and a past ABA Young Lawyers Division Scholar.
Ms. Scott earned a LL.M. degree, with a concentration in International Human Rights Law and Global Health, from the Georgetown University Law Center, a J.D. degree from the Catholic University of America - Columbus School of Law, with a concentration in Health Law, and a B.A. degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. A former Judicial Law Clerk and Prosecutor, she is admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the U.S. District Courts of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and the United States Supreme Court.