Thomas R. Scott, Jr.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law & General Counsel

  • B.A., Government & Political Science, Hampden-Sydney College,1974
  • J.D., T.C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, 1976

Courses Taught: Criminal Practice; Evidence; Insurance Law; Professional Responsibility; Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Scott is an Advocate of the American Board of Trial Advocacy, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and former Chairman and current member of the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board. He has been selected by Virginia Business Magazine as one of the state’s Best Lawyers for inclusion in the Legal Elite, and Richmond Magazine for inclusion in multiple editions of Super Lawyers. Mr. Scott has also served as lead counsel and co-counsel in a number of high profile civil and criminal cases throughout far Southwest Virginia, including Commonwealth v. Roger Keith Coleman, a highly publicized capital murder prosecution in which he made numerous state, national and international television appearances. The Coleman case is the subject of John Tucker’s book, May God Have Mercy.

Mr. Scott is a past winner of the Bill Geimer Award, which is presented annually to a dedicated capital defender by the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia. Mr. Scott is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubble for his high ethical standards and professional ability. He was recently selected by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly as a Leader in the Law (Class of 2013) and by the Virginia Bar Association as a Fellow in the Virginia Law Foundation in January 2014.

Scott is the senior partner in the Street Law Firm, LLP, in Grundy, Virginia where he has practiced as a criminal and civil litigator for over 42 years. Mr. Scott joined the full-time faculty at the Appalachian School of Law in 2005 and has been selected by his students on multiple occasions as Professor of the Year. He also serves as faculty advisor to a number of student organizations, including BLSA.

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