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Thomas Scott-Railton is an associate at Gupta Wessler LLP, where he focuses on complex public interest and plaintiffs’-side appellate litigation. He joined the firm following clerkships with Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the U.S. Supreme Court, then-Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Judge Alison Nathan, then on the Southern District of New York. Thomas was previously a fellow with the Impact Litigation Practice of The Bronx Defenders, where he litigated cases involving the rights of detained persons, police misconduct, and access to courts, as well as several successful appeals in individual immigration cases.
Thomas has a longstanding dedication to public interest and civil rights litigation. As a student at Yale Law School, Thomas was a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic, where he worked on cases that successfully challenged racial profiling during ICE raids, protected humanitarian aid workers from criminal prosecution, and helped noncitizens who were victims of crimes to obtain work permits. As an intern with the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, he was involved in a range of cases including litigation challenging policy changes by the Trump administration. And as an intern with The Door, Thomas represented young people in immigration proceedings and family court.
Alongside litigation, Thomas’s published work on the right to healthcare, sanctuary churches, and K-12 segregation, has appeared in publications including the Yale Law Journal and the Georgetown Law Journal. Before law school, Thomas was a freelance translator, translating academic books and comics from French into English. He received his B.A. in History and Philosophy with Highest Honors from the University of Michigan.