Scott Drury joined Loevy & Loevy in 2018, after having served as an Assistant United States Attorney (2003-2011), Illinois State Representative (2013-2018), and Commissioner on the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform (2015-2016).
Scott is an accomplished and skilled trial lawyer. During his time at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Scott successfully tried numerous multi-defendant cases to verdict, including a racketeering and public corruption case against Melrose Park Police Chief Vito Scavo and his underlings. Scott also led the charge in convicting William Cozzi, a Chicago Police Department officer, who was caught on video beating a helpless victim who was handcuffed and shackled in a wheelchair.
Scott is a member of the Northern District of Illinois’ Federal Trial Bar. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law where he teaches trial advocacy.
As a State Representative, Scott fought to improve the criminal justice system in Illinois and to protect our personal privacy from the ever growing threat of “Big Data” – i.e., technology companies that want to track our every move. Scott successfully passed legislation that expanded the mandatory recording of custodial interrogations. Similarly, he passed groundbreaking legislation that put in place standard procedures that police have to follow when attempting to obtain eyewitness identifications. Scott has received multiple awards for his criminal justice reform work, including awards from Northwestern Law School’s Center on Wrongful Convictions and the Illinois Innocence Project.
On the data privacy side, Scott was an inaugural member of the House of Representative’s Cybersecurity, Data Analytics and IT Committee. Further, Scott successfully took on Big Data, passing legislation that prevents those companies from buying or selling children’s personal information without parental consent. Moreover, working with the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, Scott passed strongest-in-the-nation legislation that protects vulnerable victims from the growing threat of online sexual assault, also known as “revenge porn.” Huffington Post did a feature article on this legislation.
Scott graduated, cum laude, from Northwestern University School in 1998. He graduated with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley in 1995.
• Illinois, 1998
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2001
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, 2002
• U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1998
• U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2018
• Federal Trial Bar – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2014
Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
• J.D. (cum laude) – 1998
• Articles Editor, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology
University of California, Berkeley
• B.A. – 1995
• With High Honors
• Northwestern Law/Center on Wrongful Convictions Jenner & Block Award for Dedication to Improving the Fairness and Accuracy of the Illinois Criminal Justice System (2013)
• Illinois Innocence Project Defender of the Innocent Award (2015)
• First Defense Legal Aid “20 for 20” First Defender Award (2015)
• Illinois State Representative, 2013-2018
• Commissioner – Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, 2015-2016
• Counsel, Reed Smith, 2011-2016
• Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, 2003-2011