Thomas R. Scott Jr.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of law
General Counsel

Phone: (276) 935-4349, Ext. 1213

Mr. Scott is a 2020 inductee in the Virginia Lawyers Hall of Fame, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and former Chairman (2012, 2023) and member (2006-2012, 2017-2023) 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 (2006-present). Mr. Scott has also served as lead counsel and co-counsel in a number of high profile civil and criminal cases throughout far Southwestern 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 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 (Class of 2014).

Mr. Scott is the senior partner at the Street Law Firm, LLP, in Grundy, Virginia where he has practiced as a criminal and civil litigator for over 46 years. He 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. Mr. Scott also serves as faculty advisor to a number of student organizations, including BLSA, the Republican Law Society, and the Criminal Law Society.

  • 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.