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Scott Hechinger is Senior Staff Attorney & Director of Policy at Brooklyn Defender Services ​, the Public defender ​ office of Brooklyn.

Early Life & Education

Scott was born and raised in Washington, D.C.

He attended Duke University ​ where he received a B.A. magna cum laude in English.

Hechinger 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, Hechinger served clients in New Orleans for the Orleans Public Defenders in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina ​; 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. [3]


As Senior Staff Attorney at Brooklyn Defender Services, Hechinger 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. He 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, he 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. [3]

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. He is admitted to practice law in New York State, the District of Columbia, and the federal Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. [3]

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