Scott Schoettes

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Scott A. Schoettes is the HIV Project Director at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization dedicated to making the case for equality on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV through impact litigation, education and policy work.  

Schoettes, who lives openly with HIV, has successfully litigated cases involving the discriminatory denial of medical care to an incarcerated woman living with HIV in Wisconsin (Rose v. Cahee), the eviction of a 75-year-old man from an assisted living facility in Arkansas (Franke v. Parkstone Living Center), and assisted in representing Lorenzo Taylor in his successful effort to lift the State Department’s blanket ban on hiring people with HIV for the Foreign Service (Taylor v. Rice). 

More recently, Schoettes co-authored an amicus brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in its review of the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and prevailed in an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on behalf of an HIV-positive man denied the opportunity to serve on the Atlanta police force (Roe v. City of Atlanta). 

On the policy side, Schoettes was the point person for Lambda Legal's work on the repeal of the HIV travel ban, recently assisted a subcommittee of the President’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS in developing recommendations to promote safe and voluntary disclosure of HIV status pursuant to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and is working on the reform of laws criminalizing conduct based on HIV status. 

He has presented on various topics related to HIV discrimination at forums across the country, including at the White House and in a plenary address at the 2013 Lavender Law Conference of the National LGBT Bar Association.    

Schoettes graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the Hon. J. Frederick Motz in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  Before joining Lambda Legal as the HIV Project Staff Attorney in 2007, Schoettes spent four years at Latham & Watkins.