Scott graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina Law School in 1998. He graduated with highest honors from UNC Chapel Hill for a thesis in history and won the Worth Award for excellence in philosophy. While at UNC Law, he received the Alan Berman Scholarship for Commitment to Civil Rights, and helped organize conferences on race, class and gender. While in law school, he published the article: From Workers’ State to Work Without Pay: Labor Reform in the Russian Federation 23 N.C. J. INT’L. & COMM. REG. 341 (1998).
After law school, Scott clerked with Chief Judge John Martin of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He worked as a public defender in Durham, and with a local non-profit the Community Reinvestment Association of North Carolina. He worked with a coalition of legal aid organizations to challenge the racially restrictive zoning ordinances imposed by the Town of Tarboro after Hurricane Fran.
Scott Holmes is a trial lawyer practicing for more than ten years. He is licensed to practice in the State and Federal Courts in North Carolina. He has made appearances in more than thirty first degree murder cases, and handled more than thirty appeals before the North Carolina Court Appellate Courts. He has experience handling controlled substance offenses, firearm offenses, violent crimes, property, multi-million dollar fraud cases, traffic charges, and driving while impaired. Handling both trials and appeals and appearing in both state and federal court has given him a breadth and depth of experience.
In additional to a broad criminal practice, Scott assists clients in civil court. He has successfully litigated cases for personal injury, wrongful death, real estate disputes, discrimination in the work place, contracts, business disputes, and excessive force by law enforcement. He has litigated claims in both state and federal court.
Scott is fellow with the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations. He finished this two year fellowship in 2008, through the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, which focuses on cultivating emerging leaders throughout North Carolina with an emphasis on intention, inclusion and integrity.
Scott has a strong spiritual faith, and is a long time member of the Durham Friends Meeting (Quakers). He is committed to putting his faith into action by caring for his clients and his community. In June 2010, the Durham Herald Sun gave him the weekly "Grit Award" for putting his beliefs into action, serving his clients and the community.
He is married and is the father of four children.
He dances ballet, and has performed with the Triangle Youth Ballet in their production of the Nutcracker and Dracula.
He has studied and plays the Classical Guitar. He also writes and performs children's music with a group called Flying Hippo.
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