Scott Hechinger

Senior Staff Attorney & Director of Policy

Tel (718) 254-0700 x276

Scott was born and raised in Washington, D.C. and attended Duke University where he received a B.A. magna cum laude in English, but has long called Brooklyn home.

As Senior Staff Attorney, Scott has represented thousands of low-income individuals accused of crimes ranging from low-level misdemeanors to the most serious felonies, from arraignment to hearings and trial.

Scott also leads office wide policy and advocacy initiatives on a range of justice issues, and directs advocacy films and new media projects to reform the criminal justice system. While at BDS, Scott co-founded the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable bail organization, which pays bail so that low-income individuals can defend their cases from a position of freedom while remaining productive, stable, and united with their families. Scott’s work and commentary has been featured in the New York Times, New York Times Magazine, Huffington Post, Take Part, Politico, The Brian Lehrer Show, VICE, and most recently, SXSW Interactive 2016.

Scott graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law, where he was named a Florence Allen Scholar, served as Articles Editor for the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, and was awarded the Ann Petluck Poses Graduation Prize for outstanding clinical work requiring student practice. While at NYU, Scott served clients in post-Katrina New Orleans for the Orleans Public Defenders; authored major sections of a Brennan Center for Justice report on fines and fees imposed on criminal defendants; and represented individuals in federal court as part of NYU’s Federal Defender Clinic.

Prior to joining BDS, Scott served as Sinsheimer Fellow and Staff Attorney at the Partnership for Children’s Rights, and then as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond J. Dearie, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Scott has written extensively on the uniquely American practice of sentencing juveniles to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole and has published articles on the topic in the New York University Review of Law & Social Change and Georgetown University Law Journal.

Scott is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia, and the federal Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.