Zaldwaynaka LeClarye Scott


Zaldwaynaka LeClarye Scott



Zaldwaynaka LaClarye Scott was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. Her family moved to Chicago when Zaldwaynaka was in the 8th grade. She graduated from James H. Bowen High School in 1976, and then enrolled at the University of Illinois. She received her B.S. degree in broadcast journalism from the university in 1976, and then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law. Scott received her JD degree from IU in 1983.

Scott’s legal career began working in the City of Chicago Corporate Council’s Office, before becoming a prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago in 1987. In 2003, she became the Executive Inspector General of Illinois. In 2005, Scott became a partner with the firm of Mayer Brown and later practiced with Foley & Lardner. She has taught law courses as an adjunct at Northwestern University, University of Chicago and John Marshall Law School, in addition to serving as Board Chair of the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Area Project, a not-for-profit organization supporting activities for inner-city at-risk children. From 2009 to 2013 Scott was a member of the Board of Trustees of Chicago State University, and in 2018 she became the school’s fifth President.

Scott served as a member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law Board of Visitors from 2011 until 2016. She received the law school's Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and was inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2019.


Maurer Alumni, Distinguished Service Award, Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, Chicago State University


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