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June 28, 1929 – Dec. 14, 2012

Anna L. Scott, of Buffalo, an educator and a lawyer noted for her legal work for the poor, died Friday. She was 83.

The former Anna Laws moved to Buffalo with her husband after graduating from West Chester State Teachers College in Pennsylvania and devoted her time to raising her children and volunteering in community organizations. She was president of the Campus School PTA and headed fundraising for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.

Mrs. Scott became a faculty member in the Buffalo schools in the late 1960s, teaching mathematics and Latin. She became administrator of the Latin program in the Buffalo schools and helped make it the district’s most popular foreign language program for several years.

After the death of her husband, Alvin L. Scott Sr., in 1980, she enrolled in the University at Buffalo Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and entered the New York State Bar in 1983.

She worked for several years as an attorney for Legal Aid Services, helping migrant workers with legal problems and mentoring younger attorneys.

She also maintained a general law practice in Buffalo.

In 2005, she was awarded the Women in Law Award by the Eighth Judicial District, which noted her efforts to provide free legal aid to the poor.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen and Patricia, and three sons, Alvin, Jeffery and Kevin.

Services will be at noon Tuesday in H. Alfred Lewis Mortuary, 968 Jefferson Ave., after a viewing at 11 a.m.