Scott Zienty wasn’t born in Texas, but he got there as fast as he could – age 9 to be exact. He grew up in Sugar Land, just outside Houston. While he misses the Lone Star State, particularly family and BBQ, he’s elated to now call California home.
Scott studied at the University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in anthropology and Spanish and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Before law school, Scott dedicated himself to three years of National Service with AmeriCorps – two years providing immigrant and refugee resettlement services in North Carolina and one year administering and evaluating financial empowerment programs in Texas.
Scott attended Tulane Law School in New Orleans, earning both a Juris Doctor, cum laude, and a Master of Science in International Development. During law school, Scott clerked for the Greater New Orleans Area Fair Housing Action Center, and the United States Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He also studied law and development in Rio de Janeiro, helped provide rural legal services in Central America, and worked as a teaching assistant and guest lecturer for Tulane’s Introduction to International Development undergraduate course.
Scott has witnessed close-up the rampant nature of civil rights violations and is keenly aware of the devastating economic, social and emotional consequences those violations have on individuals and families. He is driven each day by a tireless desire to defend people’s rights and deliver justice for clients and the community.