Darby Kerrigan Scott

Darby Kerrigan Scott

Darby Kerrigan Scott

Clinical Professor
International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic
Contact Information

Florida State University
College of Law
Advocacy Center, Room A010K
Phone: 850.645.7891


J.D., Florida State University, 2007
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder, 2004

Professor Scott is a clinical professor at the College of Law. Within the Public Interest Law Center, she developed and directs the International Human Rights Advocacy Clinic (2022-present). She previously developed and directed the Farmworker and Immigrant Rights Clinic (2018-2021) and the COVID-19 Veterans Legal Clinic (2020-2021). Prior to joining the College of Law, she served as executive director of the Legal Aid Foundation of Tallahassee, managing all programs, staff, and development; as program director of the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, concentrating on immigration and human trafficking; as an associate with Hopping Green & Sams, P.A., focusing on appeals and special taxing districts; and as a senior law clerk to the Honorable Robert T. Benton, II, of Florida’s First District Court of Appeal. Professor Scott graduated from FSU College of Law in 2007 with high honors, earning a Certificate in International Law with high honors and admission into Order of the Coif.

Professor Scott has been actively serving the community for many years. She currently serves on the Holy Comforter Episcopal School Board of Trustees. Previously, she co-chaired the Leadership Tallahassee 2.0 Journey to Racial Justice; served as a commissioner on the Tallahassee/Leon County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, chairing both the full body and the Policy Committee; served as co-chair of the Faith Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten Strategic Planning Committee; served on the board of directors of PACE Center for Girls (Leon County) as secretary; served on the board of directors of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tallahassee Bar Association as president, treasurer, and secretary; and served on the board of directors of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center. She is a proud graduate of Leadership Tallahassee Class 33.

Professor Scott has received numerous awards and recognition for her teaching and community service. She received a University Teaching Award for Community-Engaged Teaching in 2021-22. She was a Tallahassee Community College Women’s History Month Community Honoree in 2020. She was a Village Square Tallahassee Local Patriot Nominee in 2020. She was recognized on the Florida Trend Legal Elite list in the area of Government/Non-Profit in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020. She is the recipient of the 2016 Thomas M. Ervin, Jr. Distinguished Young Lawyer Award and the 2016 Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter 2 Judicial Distinguished Service Award.