Scott Pilutik

I am an attorney and consultant living and working in Manhattan, focusing primarily on church/state constitutional law. I'm a recognized expert on the Church of Scientology organization. I also have strong interests in intellectual property law where it intersects with emerging media, and free speech.

I support the efforts of the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU, Creative Commons, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I am a member of the New York County Lawyers Association and the New York State Bar Association. I also enjoy (watching) hockey and (doing) photograhy.

Online I can be found on Facebook, Twitter. My resume can be viewed here. I can be reached by phone at 212.645.6241 or by e-mail at pilutik[at]


Every time I attempted to get excited about getting back to blogging I’d crash headfirst into the [Im]MovableType wall of administrative complexity and the urge would be slowly sapped. MT had improved through the years but was ultimately too vast, full-featured, and unintuitive for what I wanted to do with it. And upgrading was [...]


I never expected all this hoopla (and you can quote me on that!). The hoopla I’m speaking of is for the 45,000+ ‘unique visitors’ to this site yesterday, from Slashdot, Digg, Reddit, Guy Fawkes, and Emma, all to read my post on Scientology’s abuse of eBay’s VeRO system. You all caused me to lose sleep [...]

Carl Bernstein

This post is made with a specific eye toward Google-boosting a client, the legendary journalist Carl Bernstein, whose site I recently designed and built. Ordinarily, people who own the domain name of their own name are given great deference by Google, but Carl has an uphill climb due to the fact that a fairly massive [...]

Up Next

Having just finished law school and taken the bar, I’m presently in the magically annoying period between taking the bar and finding out whether I have to retake the bar, a determination that can be made sometime in early May, I’m told. I think I did ok, but we’ll see. It feels amazingly good to [...]


It’s taken me far too long to reassemble the html and mysql strewn pieces of this site after AffordableHost Lost Everything. First they migrated me (and 14 other sites under my control) to another server without telling me this was even going to happen. The new server turned out to be a cruel stupid joke [...]

Congress Seeks to Overturn World Series

ST. LOUIS, MO (AP) – Congress voted 205 – 65 today to confer federal jurisdiction on last year’s World Series. HR-1917 gives the United States District Court of Eastern Missouri de novo review over the Red Sox stunning four game sweep over the St. Louis Cardinals. “C’mon! Some of those strike calls were clearly off [...]