District Court Judge Scott S. Anders attended law school in the evenings at American University in Washington, D.C., while working full-time for the U.S. Department of Justice. Judge Anders transferred to the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College when his job relocated him to Portland, Oregon. He graduated early from the evening program in December of 1989. Judge Anders earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon in 1984.
Judge Anders clerked for Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Mercedes Diez during his last year of law school through the first half of 1990. He joined the Clark County Prosecutor's Office in August of 1990. Judge Anders worked as a criminal prosecutor in District and Superior Court through the first half of 1995. From June of 1995 until taking the bench on February 1, 2001, Judge Anders worked in the Civil Division of the Prosecutor's Office, representing the county on a wide variety of civil matters. He is also the presiding judge for the Mental Health Court.
Judge Anders continues to involve himself in community activities. He is currently on the board of S.W.I.F.T., and the YMCA Mock Trial Competition Committee. He was involved in several committees, including the Hockinson School District Capital Facilities Committee, which led to the building of the first high school in the Hockinson School District. Judge Anders also has coached and officiated youth sports at various times.