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A. Scott Bolden

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Litigator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro
Favorite Quote:
Be Excellent At All Times, Somebody's Always Watching. Make Sure You Have A Plan B, C And D, Because Plan A Never Works.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1962
Birth Location:
Joliet, Illinois

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Litigator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Catfish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Rio De Janeiro
Favorite Quote:
Be Excellent At All Times, Somebody's Always Watching. Make Sure You Have A Plan B, C And D, Because Plan A Never Works.

Birthplace

Born:
6/8/1962
Birth Location:
Joliet
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Biography

Lawyer and law partner, A. Scott Bolden was born Alan Scott Bolden on June 8, 1962 in Joliet, Illinois. Growing up watching his father try criminal and civil rights cases, he acquired exceptional oratorical skills, and knew that he would grow up to be a lawyer. In 1984, Bolden graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, where he received his B.A. degree in political science. Three years later, 1987, Bolden received his J.D. degree from the Howard University School of Law. While at Howard, Bolden was an active contributor to the Howard Law Journal, received a number of awards and scholarships and participated in the National Moot Court Team and Board of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity.

After graduating, Bolden would work as a law clerk for Judge Luke Moore of the District of Columbia Superior Court, a lead counsel in numerous trials for the New York County District Attorney’s Office, and eventually become office managing partner of Reed Smith’s Washington, D.C. office. Aside from successfully representing many developers and building owners in major real estate tax appeal litigations as a civil/commercial litigator, Bolden has had numerous accomplishments as a criminal defense litigator including representing numerous Clinton presidential appointees as witnesses in congressional and federal investigations. Bolden has been affiliated with the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Individual Development Corporation and the Democratic National Committee. Aside from acting as a practicing attorney, Bolden has appeared on CNN’s Both Sides, ABC’s 20/20, hosted WAMU, WTOP and WOL radio programs and served as co-host on “Building Bridges for Business.”

Bolden lives in Washington, D.C, and has three daughters and one granddaughter.

Bolden was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on July 25, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of A. Scott Bolden's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his maternal family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his maternal family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden talks about colorism and passing in Newton, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his family's southern traditions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden describes his mother's childhood in Newton, Mississippi and Joliet, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden describes his parents' careers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden describes his paternal family background
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden remembers his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden considers which parent he takes after most and talks about their involvement in community activism and civil rights
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden remembers when his sister knocked out his front tooth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden describes his relationship to his younger brother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden remembers watching his father collect lawyer fees on the weekends, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden remembers watching his father collect lawyer fees on the weekends, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden remembers the Joliet YMCA
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden talks about gang activity in Joliet, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden describes his grade school years in Joliet, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden remembers being bullied in grade school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden describes experiencing racial discrimination at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden describes experiencing racial discrimination at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden remembers learning about African American history at home
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden talks about race riots in Joliet, Illinois after the assassination of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden considers how his background has influenced his career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden describes the influence of the nuns at Sacred Heart School in Joliet, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his experience at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his athletic activities and social life at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden explains why he chose to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden describes pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden describes pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden describes working for the Congressional Black Caucus and meeting Dr. Benjamin Mays and HistoryMaker Parren Mitchell as a college student
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his political involvement as a student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden remembers influential figures at Morehouse College and HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse L. Jackson's announcement of his presidential candidacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden remembers an experience with Dr. Benjamin Mays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his decision to attend Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - A. Scott Bolden talks about HistoryMaker H. Patrick Swygert, president of Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his first year at Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. and about his father's influence on his career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Second slating of A. Scott Bolden's interview
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden explains what a case note is
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his case note in the Howard Law Journal on the 1985 'Tennessee v. Garner,' decision
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the Howard University Law school legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden describes his experience on Howard University School of Law national moot court team
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his mentor, Judge Luke C. Moore, and his decision to work at the New York County District Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden describes his experience in the New York County District Attorney's Office under Robert Morgenthau
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the 1987 Tawana Brawley allegations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the 1989 Central Park "wilding" case
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - A. Scott Bolden describes a high profile court case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the summation of his work in the New York County District Attorney's Office
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his relationship with HistoryMaker Wilhelmina Rolark and joining the Reed Smith law firm in 1991
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden describes working at the Reed Smith LLP, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden describes working at Reed Smith LLP, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden talks about representing the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden talks about defending a Washington D.C. columnist in a media libel case
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden talks about representing members of the Clinton Administration before congressional investigation, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden talks about representing members of the Clinton Administration before congressional investigation, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his defense of NFL player Albert Haynesworth
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - A. Scott Bolden talks about representing Carlos Allen, who allegedly crashed a White House state dinner in 2009, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden talks about representing Carlos Allen, who allegedly crashed a White House state dinner in 2009, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his defense of Diane Gustus against charges of embezzlement in a 2008 Washington D.C. tax theft scandal
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his civic contributions to Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the attempted shutdown of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden talks about the attempted shutdown of the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center, pt.2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden remembers meeting HistoryMaker Dorothy Height
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden talks about Adrian Fenty's lost re-election
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden describes his philosophy for good litigating
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden describes his responsibilities as managing partner at Reed Smith LLP
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - A. Scott Bolden talks being named Washington's Ubiquitous Power Lawyer and the Washington Business Journal's Lawyer of the Year
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - A. Scott Bolden describes his greatest disappointment
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - A. Scott Bolden talks about meeting his daughter, Shayla
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - A. Scott Bolden talks about his first marriage
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - A. Scott Bolden talks about The Family, a black professional organization
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - A. Scott Bolden reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - A. Scott Bolden considers what his parents think of his success
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - A. Scott Bolden describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - A. Scott Bolden shares his advice for aspiring lawyers