Scott Crichton is serving his fourth year as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, having qualified without opposition on August 22, 2014. His ten-year term began January 1, 2015.
Scott is co-chair of the Louisiana Judicial College and also serves on the Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics.
Scott is on the adjunct faculty of Tulane Law School where he co-teaches Contemporary Issues in Legal Ethics and serves as a guest lecturer for Advanced Appellate Advocacy. He is a member of the teaching faculty for the LSU Law Center Trial Advocacy Program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education.
Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, Scott served 24 years as a judge with the First Judicial District Court (Shreveport/Caddo Parish), presiding over 25,000 cases in both the civil and criminal divisions. By order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Scott previously served one cycle as a judge pro tempore for the First Circuit Court of Appeal.
Scott is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges Association; a past member of the Advisory Committee to the Supreme Court on Revision of the Judicial Canons, the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors, and the Criminal Best Practices Committee. He has served numerous terms as chair or co-chair of the Shreveport Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee and has served on the CLE Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Scott is certified by the National Judicial College in program design and has taught over 100 CLE hours to lawyers and judges. He is also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Louisiana Judicial Leadership Institute. From 2007 to 2014, on a regular basis, hosted an educational program for teenagers at various high schools on the law, choices and consequences.
Growing up in Minden, Scott completed North Carolina Outward Bound School (1971); graduated from The Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee (1972); Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (Bachelor of Science, 1976); and Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center (Juris Doctor, 1980). During the 1980s, he served as an assistant district attorney for Caddo Parish, maintained a civil practice, and served as an adjunct instructor of Business Law at LSU-Shreveport.
Scott is a member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Shreveport, where he served a three-year term on the vestry; he is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Webb School and in 2017, was inducted into its Distinguished Alumni Society.
Scott, age 64, and his wife, Susie, now reside in Webster Parish, and have two sons – both of whom are lawyers.
For a full transcript of Justice Crichton’s induction ceremony held on Dec. 15, 2014, see Southern Reporter, Vol. 165 So.3d 157 to 165 So.3d 1131 (p. XIX); for a recent interview, see Louisiana Bar Journal, April/May 2017 Vol. 64 No. 6.