Scott Key completed his undergraduate degree at Mercer University, where he was a double major in English and Theology with a minor in political science. Scott was graduated summa cum laude and was the recipient of Mercer’s Newton Award, the honor given each year to the school’s top graduate in the College of Liberal Arts.
Scott also graduated with highest honors from the English Department, a distinction earned over a student’s time in the department, from the results of the department’s exit examination, and from the completion of a thesis. Scott was a section editor for the school’s newspaper and the general editor for the school’s literary magazine.
Scott went on to attend Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, where he earned a Master of Divinity degree. He was graduated from Emory magna cum laude and as an honors graduate, a distinction earned by completing the honors program and a thesis.
From there, Scott received a full scholarship to attend Georgia State University College of Law, where he was invited to participate in the Bleckley Inn of Court. He also was on the school’s Mock Trial team, which finished second nationally at an invitational tournament in Chicago. Scott was also recognized for the best cross examination at that tournament.
While attending law school, Scott clerked for Willis, McKenzie & Long, in LaGrange, Georgia, where he worked on medical malpractice, municipal and county governmental law as well as a significant copyright case. Scott also worked for Kam & Ebersbach in Newnan, Georgia, where he worked on personal injury cases and in the area of criminal defense.
- State Bar of Georgia, Appellate Practice Section: Scott has held every officer position there is in the Appellate Practice Section. He currently serves as chair of the section.
- Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers:
- Scott is currently the Parliamentarian and Legislative cochair of GACDL, a 1600member criminal defense lawyer association.
- He has served as a regional vice president of the organization. And for two years he was the chair of the organization’s amicus committee, where he has coordinated the writing of amicus briefs on the organization’s behalf to the Georgia Court of Appeals, Supreme Court of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
- In particular, he was the author of the amicus brief in Cisco v. State, a case that struck down as unconstitutional the civil forfeiture provisions of the state’s racketeering statute.
- He was also the author of the amicus brief in Ellington v. State, a case where a death sentence was overturned. Scott is a frequent lecturer on criminal defense subjects through GACDL’s seminars and CLEs.
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