Monday, April 15, 2019

Scott Colom to Speak at Winston County's 39th Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday, April 27th

Scott Colom is native of Columbus, MS. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English and History from Millsaps College. After college, Scott was selected to teach in Guyana, South America by World Teach, a non-profit, non-governmental organization based at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. While participating in the program, Scott taught English in a small rural town in Guyana.

Scott is also a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated cum laude. While in law school, Scott interned with the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania, and was one of twenty-five students nationwide awarded a summer honors internship with the United States Department of Justice. He was also a member of the school’s Mock Trial and Moot Court team.

After law school, Scott was one of 28 young legal professionals nationwide to be awarded a Skadden Fellowship to work with the Mississippi Center for Justice. During the fellowship, Scott worked with a group of non-profits to help develop affordable, asset building alternatives to predatory lending.

In 2011, Scott Colom was appointed the youngest and first African American justice court judge in Lowndes County history. In 2013, he was appointed the first African American prosecutor for the city of Columbus. In 2015, he was elected District Attorney for Circuit Court District Sixteen, which includes Lowndes, Oktibbeha, Clay and Noxubee counties.