Catching Up

Deans Award, College of Arts and Sciences

Since graduating from Niagara University in 1971, Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott has ascended to the highest levels of the federal judicial system in a remarkable and pioneering fashion.

Judge Scott went on to earn a Juris Doctor from UB Law School and later became the first African-American appointed as assistant United States attorney in the Western District of New York. In 1981, he was selected as the first African-American to hold the title of assistant attorney general in charge of the New York State Department of Law’s regional office. Judge Scott was elected to serve a 10-year term on the Buffalo City Court bench in 1984 and re-elected to the post in 1994. He resigned the position one year later to become the first African-American to preside over the federal court bench in the Western District of New York.

Throughout his career, which also includes 29 years as a lecturer in UB’s Law School, Judge Scott has been invested in the community, serving on numerous boards dealing with education, domestic violence, healthcare, racial justice and indigent prisoners.