Angela J. Scott
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
As an attorney and adviser for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office of the General Counsel, Civil Rights Division, Angela J. Scott knows that her work doesn’t just affect one person.
“I approach my work knowing that [many] individuals are going to be positively impacted because of the work that I do,” she said.
From October 2014 to April 2015, she participated in a detail as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section in a case alleging violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Ensuring that people with disabilities are properly accommodated is one of her passions. The cause is close to her heart because her mother was diagnosed with ALS in 1999.
“I believe that people with disabilities are equal to everybody else, and that means they should be able to live in the most integrated setting, which usually is their home,” Scott said.
She considers her most significant achievement thus far to be creating the initiative 10weeks10deeds, which asks volunteers to undertake a minimum of 10 public service and programmatic activities beginning on the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service in January through March.
Scott is active in many professional organizations, including as a council member for the American Bar Association’s Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and as a member of the board of directors for the Clarence “Du” Burns Memorial Fund.