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Patrick H Scanlon, Sr.

August 4, 1936 February 25, 2017
Patrick  H Scanlon, Sr.
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Patrick H. Scanlon, Sr.
Patrick H. Scanlon, Sr., died on February 25, 2017, as a result of renal failure.
He was the son of the late Leo J. Scanlon, Sr., originally from Gulfport, and the late Mary Ezell Scanlon, originally from Columbus. He was born in Houma, Louisiana, on August 4, 1936. His family moved to Jackson when he was four years of age, and he was reared in Jackson.
He attended Jackson Central High School, where he played on the varsity tennis team and graduated at the age of 16. He then attended Louisiana State University, where he played on the Varsity Tennis Team. He was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, was President of the College of Arts and Sciences, and served in the Student Senate. He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology.
After graduating from L.S.U. in 1957, Pat entered the University of Mississippi School of Law. During law school, he was a member of the Editorial Board of The Mississippi Law Journal, a member of the Moot Court Board, President of his class one year, Vice-President of the law school student body another year, and a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. At Ole Miss, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honorary scholarship society and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary leadership fraternity. In 1960, he graduated from law school, receiving his law degree “with Distinction.”
Pat then performed his active military duty. On his return, he was assigned to the Eleventh Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Army Reserve, in which he received the rank of Captain.
He was associated with the Jackson law firm of Satterfield, Shell, Williams & Buford for two years before joining the firm that would become Young, Scanlon & Sessums, P.A. In 1995, he and three other partners formed the firm of Scanlon, Sessums, Parker & Dallas, PLLC. In 2003, he became a member of Watkins & Eager, PLLC, for two years. He worked primarily in areas of business transactions and commercial disputes, including Chapter 11 business bankruptcy matters, business and contract matters, and construction project disputes. He represented clients before the Mississippi Supreme Court in approximately thirty-five cases and in about thirty cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Pat was listed on the Mississippi Supreme Court’s list of approved arbitrators and mediators and was a member of the standing arbitration panels of the American Arbitration Association and the National Arbitration Forum. From the mid-1980s until 2005, Pat served as an arbitrator or mediator in more than seventy-five cases.
In 1984, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, a by-invitation-only organization which recognizes attorneys skilled in trial advocacy, the membership of which is limited to one percent of the members of the Bar. He was also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, another by-invitation organization which recognizes a lawyer’s trial abilities.
His former partner, United States Magistrate Judge Mike Parker, remembered Pat this way: “I was so fortunate to have Pat as a mentor, friend, and law partner. He was not only the best lawyer I knew, he was the finest man I knew – always a gentleman, even in the middle of a battle. Not a day goes by that I don’t use a life lesson he taught me. He earned every honor a lawyer can earn and held every position in the Bar at one time or another. But he never took himself too seriously. He had a wonderful sense of humor and gave generously of his time and talents to better our profession. In my mind, Pat was the best example of what a lawyer should be and what a person should be. He was far more than just a great lawyer; he took the time to mentor young lawyers, served the profession in every way possible, and treated everyone with respect. But if you asked him what he was most proud of, he’d tell you it was Carlene and his children.”
When The Best Lawyers in America (copyright Woodward & White) was first published in 1983, Pat was among the Mississippi attorneys listed in the publication. He continued to be included in the annual revisions of this professional listing until his retirement in 2005. In the 2004 Edition, he was listed as having expertise in three different categories: Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and Business Litigation. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America.
He wrote case notes published in The Mississippi Law Journal and an article published in The Mississippi College Law Review. With the assistance of his son John, he was the author of a chapter in the two-volume text Mississippi Civil Procedure (edited by the late Professor Jeffery Jackson). Pat also participated as a speaker at numerous seminars on construction law and on bankruptcy law. In the early 1960s, for three years he was an instructor at the Jackson School of Law, which later became Mississippi College School of Law.
In 1974, the voters of the State of Mississippi adopted an amendment to the State Constitution creating the Judicial Performance Commission, as a governmental body to receive, investigate, and prosecute ethical complaints against judges. Pat was selected as a member of the Commission and served as its first Chairman for four years.
Pat was active in many bar activities and organizations, including Mississippi Junior Bar (President, 1969-70), Jackson Junior Bar (President, 1970-71), Mississippi Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (President, 1972-73), Hinds County Bar Association (President, 1974-75), Mississippi Bankruptcy Conference (President, 1984-85), Mississippi Bar Foundation, Inc. (President, 1986-87), and the Mississippi State Bar Association (President, 1988-89). In the American Bar Association, Pat served as a member of the ABA House of Delegates for four years and for two years was a member of the committee which elected the officers of the ABA. He was a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the Mississippi Young Lawyers Association.
In August 1969, when Hurricane Camille hit the Gulf Coast, Pat was instrumental in the Mississippi Junior Bar establishing three law offices on the Gulf Coast, staffed for six months by volunteer lawyers from across the State, to assist without charge persons damaged by the storm. Those volunteer lawyers helped victims of the storm in obtaining available public assistance and with other legal problems caused by the hurricane. This program received an award from the American Bar Association and has been duplicated by bar associations in other states where hurricanes, tornados, and floods have occurred.
He was also active in various activities of the Ole Miss alumni. He served as President of the Ole Miss Law Alumni (1982-83) and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. In 1986, the University of Mississippi School of Law bestowed on Pat its “Law Alumnus of the Year Award.” The Lamar Order is an organization that seeks financial contributions to assist the Ole Miss Law School. He served as its Chairman in 2001, during which the Order’s endowment reached one million dollars.
In 2013, he was inducted into the University of Mississippi School of Law Hall of Fame, which recognizes alumni who have through professional achievements and/or service brought honor to the Law School. In 2016, he was honored with the Professionalism Award from the Mississippi Bar Foundation.
He and his law classmates established at Ole Miss the “Law Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund” to provide deserving students with funds to assist them with their law school tuition and expenses.
Pat loved the game of duplicate contract bridge and was a regular player at the Jackson Bridge Association clubhouse and in tournaments. He won more than 900 master points and held the rank of Bronze Life Master of the American Contract Bridge League. In 1972, he served as President of the Mississippi Bridge Association, and in 2007, he was President of the Jackson Bridge Association.
He and his family have been members of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Jackson for more than fifty years. He served twice as a member of the Vestry and also Chairman of several church committees.
Pat is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carlene Myers Scanlon, their four children, and six grandchildren: daughter Margaret Scanlon, her daughters Brooke and Meris Gilliam; son Dr. Pat H. Scanlon, Jr., his wife Mary Schiele Daniels Scanlon, and their sons, Patrick and Duncan; daughter Cissy Scanlon; son John P. Scanlon, his wife Katherine Mills Scanlon, and their sons Connor and Nathan; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his brother Dr. Leo J. Scanlon, Jr., and his sister Carolyn N. McLendon Starr.
Honorary Pall Bearers are Frank O. Crosthwait of Indianola; George P. Cossar, Jr., of Charleston, Miss.; Barney E. Eaton, III, of Oxford; Joseph R. Meadows of Gulfport; Sherman L. Muths, Jr., of Gulfport; Dr. Louis J. Wise of Jackson; Mike James of Jackson; and Chris Dampeer of Utica.
The family wishes to thank his nurses Peggy Smith, Jordan Higgins, and Rebecca Polk for their devoted care over the past few months.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the University of Mississippi Foundation at P.O. Box 246, University, MS 38677 and designated for the “Law Class of 1960 Scholarship Fund,” or to St. James’ Episcopal Church, 3921 Oak Ridge Dr., Jackson, MS 39216.
Visitation shall be held at St. James’ Episcopal Church on Oak Ridge Drive, in Jackson, on Wednesday, March 1, from 4-6 p.m. in Oak Ridge Hall, and on Thursday, March 2, from 3:30-5 p.m., in Fowler Hall, followed by the funeral service in the church at 5 p.m.

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Visitation

Wednesday

1

Mar

4:00 PM 3/1/2017 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 3/1/2017 6:00:00 PM
Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church

3921 Oak Ridge Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

Oak Ridge Hall

Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church
3921 Oak Ridge Drive Jackson 39216 MS
United States

Visitation

Thursday

2

Mar

3:30 PM 3/2/2017 3:30:00 PM - 5:00 PM 3/2/2017 5:00:00 PM
Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church

3921 Oak Ridge Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

Fowler Hall

Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church
3921 Oak Ridge Drive Jackson 39216 MS
United States

Service

Thursday

2

Mar

5:00 PM 3/2/2017 5:00:00 PM
Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church

3921 Oak Ridge Drive
Jackson, MS 39216

Private Family Service St. James' Episcopal Church
3921 Oak Ridge Drive Jackson 39216 MS
United States
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