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Biography: Jerrold Scoutt, Jr.

Firm founders Jerrold Scoutt, Raymond Rasenberger, and Eugene M. Zuckert.

W. Jerrold Scoutt, Jr. was born in Hastings, Nebraska in 1922. After graduating from Carleton College in 1943, he earned a Master of Arts from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 1944, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Harvard Law School in 1948.

IN 1964, Mr. Scoutt founded the firm Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger - known today as KMA Zuckert LLC after a 2019 merger with Kaplan, Massamillo & Andrews - alongside Raymond Rasenberger and Eugene Zuckert (pictured above). During his career, Mr. Scoutt specialized in aviation legal matters, representing US and foreign scheduled air carriers, charter air carriers, cargo carriers, freight forwarders, and city and state aeronautics commissions. He also served on the Civil Aeronautics Board Advisory Committee on Regulatory Reform in the 1970’s.

Mr. Scoutt firmly believed that every lawyer has a duty to his or her community extending beyond normal office work, and encouraged other lawyers to participate in such activities, including community service and pro bono work. Thus, the Jerrold Scoutt Prize was created in 1993 in recognition of Mr. Scoutt's and the firm's long-term support of legal services. The prize was endowed by the Washington, DC firm of Zuckert, Scoutt & Rasenberger - now KMA Zuckert LLC - and is administered by the DC Bar Foundation.

The Scoutt Prize is awarded annually to an attorney who has worked for a significant portion of his or her career at a nonprofit organization providing direct, hands-on legal services to financially disenfranchised or otherwise disadvantaged persons in the District of Columbia, has demonstrated compassionate concern for his or her clients, and has exhibited a high degree of skill on their behalf.

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