Maacah Scott, Esq. is currently Staff Counsel for the Arizona Diamondbacks. She joined the organization in January 2014 as the team’s legal intern and worked her way to Counsel. Scott earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Tennessee State University. She received her J.D. from Arizona Summit Law School and was admitted to practice into the Arizona State Bar in 2015. Scott is also an associate professor at Arizona State University, where she teaches Ethics and Legal Issues in Sports.
D’Bria Bradshaw: When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the sports industry?
Maacah Scott: As far back as I can remember I had an interest in the legal profession. However, the realization that I could meld sports and law together came in undergrad. As a former collegiate dancer and professional dancer for the Chicago Bulls, I was exposed to the business of sports and I could not get enough.
DB: What was your first sports internship and how did it help you get to where you are now in your career?
MS: While a law student, I landed my first sports law internship with the Arizona Diamondbacks. That internship resulted in a created position as Law Clerk and subsequently as Staff Counsel, my current role.
DB:What are the top two areas of law you deal with on a regular basis in your position?
MS: Contract and Intellectual Property law are the top areas of law I deal with on a regular basis.
DB: If you could give the 18 year old Maacah advice what would it be?
MS: The advice I would give to my younger self is the same advice I currently give to students eager to work in the sports law industry. Get an internship in the field as soon as possible, and do not forget that your school’s athletics department is an option. Connect with industry leaders, and be sure to value and nurture those connections. Obtaining information and experience is easier while you are a student, take advantage of the opportunities!
DB: What advice do you have for young women who want to pursue a career in sports law?
MS: For the young women wanting to pursue a career in sports law, you must Research and Participate. First, do your research on the paths of industry leaders and the various positions within this industry, including the positions available to you while you are a student and thereafter. Second, participate by attending events and seminars, and I highly recommend that you join the Sports Lawyers Association.
DB: What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
MS: The most rewarding aspect of my job is being fully integrated in the business of baseball and having the opportunity to deal with a diverse set of issues.
You can connect with Scott via LinkedIn.