Sean Scott was appointed President and Dean of California Western School of Law in 2020. Prior to her appointment, Dean Scott served as a member of the faculty of Loyola Law School (1989–2020). She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law. While at NYU she was a recipient of the Arthur G. Hays Civil Rights, Civil Liberties fellowship and was chair of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). Prior to joining the Loyola Law School faculty she was an associate at the Los Angeles based firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips.
Dean Scott spent the 2018–19 academic year serving as the Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). She served as Loyola’s Senior Associate Dean from 2013 to 2016. Immediately prior to assuming that role she served as the Associate Dean for Faculty from 2008 to 2013. She was the inaugural Faculty Director of the Master of Legal Studies program. She was also deeply involved in revamping the Loyola’s curriculum, assisting in the development of subject-matter Concentrations, the introduction of first year electives, the creation of the winter Intersession and the launch of the Justice Entrepreneurs Initiative, the law school’s social justice incubator.
Dean Scott serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Schools (SALT). Her service to Loyola included chairing both the Faculty Hiring Committee and the Dean Search Committee, as well as serving on the LMU Presidential Search Committee. Students awarded her the Excellence in Teaching award in 2006. In1998, Dean Scott was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Loyola Law School Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She is a past member of the board of directors of the California Women's Law (CWL) Center and has sat on the boards of directors of three Los Angeles Independent schools. She speaks frequently on the subjects of legal education and race, gender, and the law. On September 17, she will be speaking at Defending and Promoting Civil Rights in a Time of Corona Virus, an online conference organized by the Civil Rights Section of the AALS and hosted by the University of Miami School of Law.