Law in Action Profile

Scott Winston Colom '09

Portrait of Scott Colom

"I had a friend who graduated
from Wisconsin and he told me,
'Wisconsin doesn't just produce
great law students; it produces
great lawyers.'"

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Hometown: Columbus, Mississippi
Education: B.A., Millsaps College (History and English)
Law School Activities:

  • Wisconsin Mock Trial Team
  • Wisconsin Moot Court Team
  • Semi-Finalist in Wisconsin Moot Court Omar Megahed Competition
  • Competitor in Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
  • Frank J. Remington Center’s Criminal Appeals Project
  • Robins, Kaplan, Miller, and Ciresi Fellowship

Scott Colom was born in Mississippi, raised in Mississippi, attended college in Mississippi, and plans to return to Mississippi after law school. But Scott decided along the way that he would be challenged and enriched by gaining a broad view of the world and its people.

His decision to take a risk and come to Wisconsin for law school wasn’t an easy one, but it has paid off for him. A 2009 graduate, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be selected as a 2009 Skadden Fellow. The prestigious Skadden Fellowship, created by the New York law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meager & Flom, funds graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor, elderly, homeless, disabled, and people deprived of civil or human rights. Scott now works with the Mississippi Center for Justice in Jackson, Mississippi, where his Skadden Fellowship allows him to spend two years helping the Center in its efforts to end high-interest payday lending in the Mississippi Delta.

Scott’s path to public service began well before law school. Before coming to Wisconsin, Scott attended Millsaps College, a small private liberal arts college in Jackson, Mississippi, with a reputation for highly active, socially conscious undergrads, many of whom work with volunteer organizations. There, Scott was on the basketball team, tutored under privileged second graders, hosted forums on AIDS awareness, and volunteered with Mississippi Foster/Adopt Consortium for Kids.  

After Millsaps, Scott challenged himself in a variety of ways. In particular, he reached far beyond his comfort zone, geographically and culturally. He lived for a year in Guyana, South America, teaching English for the Republic of Guyana Ministry of Education. He chose Wisconsin for law school, coming to the Midwest for the first time, and, after his first year of law school, he worked in Arusha, Tanzania, as a legal intern for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In that position, he researched and drafted memoranda on various issues regarding International Criminal Law and attended tribunals with the supervising attorneys.

Scott Colom is a remarkable young man, and he will no doubt take what he’s learned use it to improve the lives of others. Now that he is back in Mississippi, he brings with him knowledge, experiences, and friendships gained from living and working in places far different from his beloved home state.

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