Will Scott is an energy policy analyst at North Carolina Conservation Network. He previously served as a fellow in the Duke Environmental Law & Policy Clinic. During his time in the clinic, Scott worked with Law and Nicholas School of the Environment students on a range of matters, from Endangered Species Act concerns surrounding electricity transmission river-crossings to water quality sampling best practices for clients to best practices regarding the disposal of abandoned vessels in coastal North Carolina. He continues to teach Food and Agriculture Law and Policy at Duke Law.
Prior to joining the Duke Law clinic, Scott served as the Yadkin Riverkeeper where he was responsible for water quality protection across North Carolina’s second largest watershed. As Riverkeeper, he was the primary plaintiff in Clean Water Act litigation that led to the excavation and recycling of over five million tons of coal ash, highway construction litigation that permanently protected of hundreds of acres of farmland from development, and coordinated stakeholder work addressing water pollution from industrial agriculture.
Scott has taught Environmental Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law and Water Policy at the Wake Forest Center for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. During and after law school he worked for the Southern Environmental Law Center. Outside of the legal world, he’s worked in state politics and as a journalist.
Scott is a member of the North Carolina Bar where he serves on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Law Section. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina, where he was enrolled in the Honors College, and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law. Scott lives in Saxapahaw, N.C. with his spouse.