L. Wayne Scott was born in San Marcos, Texas; grew up in Lockhart; earned a BA and MA in American Studies at Southwest State Teachers College; and graduated from the University of Texas Law School. He served as a briefing attorney for both the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Supreme Court of Texas. He worked in private practice for a short time before becoming a professor at St. Mary’s Law School. There, he created the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute and was instrumental in having civil appellate law recognized as a board certified practice. He taught appellate practice and skills courses and worked as a moot court coach for St. Mary’s summer teams. He was also one of the primary architects behind the St. Mary’s External Advocacy Program. He was board certified in civil appellate law, published books and made CLE presentations on appellate procedure, and continued to represent clients in several Texas appellate courts. Professor Scott extended his expertise in appellate law to summarizing the decisions of Texas appellate courts and serving as Editor for the Texas Lawyer’s Weekly Digest and its successor, the Texas Lawyer’s Civil Digest. In 2021, he received the 50-year pin from St. Mary’s Law School.