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. As Director of Policy, Scott leverages his experience and expertise in court to lead criminal justice reform efforts outside of it on a range of issues driving mass incarceration. While at Brooklyn Defender Services, Scott co-founded the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, an independent 501(c)(3) that has paid bail for thousands of low-income New Yorkers so they can fight their cases from a position of freedom. Scott speaks widely, guest lectures at law schools and universities, and his work and commentary has been featured in outlets including the New York Times, New Yorker, NPR, Al Jazeera, NBC Nightly News, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

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 in Florida; and represented individuals facing federal criminal charges 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 is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia, and the federal Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.