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Kaye Scholer Partner “Z” Scott Appointed New Chair of the Chicago Housing Authority

November 23, 2011

Post comes less than a month after appointment to Illinois Gaming Board 

Chicago (November 23, 2011): Mayor Rahm Emanuel today appointed Kaye Scholer Partner Z Scott to the position of Chair of the Chicago Housing Authority, effective immediately. Scott, who had already been serving on the Board of Trustees for the Housing Authority, will now oversee the ten-member board.

“The Chicago Housing Authority’s board will play a crucial role in completing the Plan for Transformation and tackling the important challenges facing Chicagoans with affordable housing needs,” said Mayor Emanuel, in a press release. “Z Scott has the track record of innovation as well as the experience needed to deftly lead this board.”

The Chicago Housing Authority currently provides public housing for more than 17,000 seniors and families and serves nearly 37,000 families in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. The Plan for Transformation calls for completing 25,000 fully rehabilitated or renovated housing units by 2015, along with a complete integration of housing stock into the surrounding neighborhoods.

Co-Chair of Kaye Scholer’s Regulatory Enforcement and White Collar Litigation Practice, Scott concentrates on complex commercial litigation, corporate internal investigations (including matters related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), counseling on corporate compliance matters and white collar criminal defense. Her federal civil and criminal litigation experience includes accounting and commercial fraud, public corruption, civil tax appeals and criminal tax prosecutions, money-laundering and investment, and financial institution fraud. She has also led and represented companies in complex and extensive government regulatory and criminal grand jury investigations, and briefed and argued cases before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to entering private practice, Scott served as Executive Inspector General for the Office of the Governor of Illinois, and as a former federal prosecutor and Chief of the General Crimes Section with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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