On June 26, 2003, President George W. Bush nominated Scott J. Bloch for the
position of Special Counsel at the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. The U.S.
Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Bloch on December 9, 2003. On January 5, 2004,
he was sworn in to serve a five-year term.
In his tenure, Mr. Bloch has focused the agency on stepping up enforcement, doubling numbers of positive whistleblower disclosures that have brought greater integrity and efficiency to agencies in the executive branch, and going after wrongdoers in all areas of civil rights, illegal political activity and coercion of political activity in the federal workplace. He has increased enforcement of service member employment and reemployment rights during an historic mobilization of America's volunteer armed forces, and has resolved backlogs in all areas of enforcement at the Office of Special Counsel, so that for the last three years, there are no backlogs. He has emphasized greater outreach nationally and has appeared in the national media often to emphasize the work of the office and the great heroes, ordinary heroes who have the courage to blow the whistle, who are helping to bring our government to greater accountability.
Mr. Bloch brings over 17 years of experience to the Office of Special Counsel,
including litigation of employment, lawyer ethics, and complex cases before
state courts, federal courts and administrative tribunals. He briefed and argued
cases before state and federal appellate courts and is admitted to practice in
the United States Supreme Court.
From 2001-2003, Mr. Bloch served as Associate Director and then Deputy Director
and Counsel to the Task Force for Faith-based and Community Initiatives at the
U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on First Amendment cases,
regulations, intergovernmental outreach, and programmatic initiatives. Before
serving in the Justice Department, he was a partner with Stevens & Brand, LLP,
of Lawrence, Kansas, where he practiced in the areas of civil rights law,
employment law, and legal ethics. Mr. Bloch tried jury trials before state and
federal courts, representing employees and employers in cases involving
whistleblower and other retaliation claims, as well as civil rights claims. He
worked on important cases that set precedents in the field of legal ethics,
including a ground-breaking Texas case that changed the way plaintiffs’ lawyers
handle mass tort cases.
Mr. Bloch served as chair of his county Bar Ethics and Grievance
Committee, investigating cases of alleged breaches by attorneys of
ethics rules, and making recommendations to the state Supreme Court on
disciplinary action. He also served on the state board of discipline,
hearing testimony and legal arguments, and making findings on
appropriate discipline of attorneys. For five years, he served as an
Adjunct Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Mr. Bloch earned his bachelor's and law degree from the University of
Kansas, where he graduated Order of the Coif, and served on the Boards
of Editors of The Kansas Law Review and The Kansas Criminal Procedure
Mr. Bloch has published various articles including: “The Judgment of
History: Faction, Political Machines, and the Hatch Act,” published in
the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor & Employment Law
(7 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 225 (2005), and “Don’t Bury the Hatch Act:
Hidden Dangers for the Unwary and Politically Active Prosecutor’s Office
Employee,” published in The Prosecutor in the September/October
2004 issue (Vol.38/Number 5, Sept/Oct 2004).
He lives with his wife, Catherine, and their seven children in