IGS Mourns the Passing of Frank Scardilli, IGS Honorary Trustee, Veteran Mediator, and Longtime General Semantics Advocate

Frank Scardilli holds up a formula meaning "Rules times Facts equals Decision" in his 2010 lecture "How Just Is Our System of Justice: Some Challenges and Insights into American Law and Lawyering"

Frank Scardilli holds up a formula meaning “Rules times Facts equals Decision” in his 2010 lecture “How Just Is Our System of Justice: Some Challenges and Insights into American Law and Lawyering”

We just learned of the passing of Frank Scardilli, honorary trustee for the Institute of General Semantics.

Frank had been a passionate advocate of general semantics for over sixty years. He spoke regularly of the importance of general semantics in his work as the longest serving appellate court mediator in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

For his advocacy, Frank was the recipient of the 2009 J. Talbot Winchell Award from the Institute of General Semantics. He was also on the board of directors for the New York Society for General Semantics.

Frank was a graduate of Yale Law School and New York University, and he also attended Cambridge University and the University of Rome as a Fulbright Scholar.

This obituary (and this extended obituary) capture but some of the distinguished life of Frank Scardilli.

Frank Scardilli obituary from:
http://www.walterjohnsonfh.com/_mgxroot/page_10783.php?task=Search&listing=CurrentFrank J. Scardilli, 96, of NY, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 6, 2016.

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend the Funeral at the Walter Johnson Funeral Home, 803 Raritan Rd., Clark on Wednesday, October 12 beginning with Visiting at 10:00 am and concluding with a Funeral Service at 12:00 pm. Interment will follow in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, East Orange.

Born in Newark, Frank was the longest serving appellate court mediator for the US Court of Appeals Second Circuit. Frank was a graduate of Yale Law School, a Fulbright Scholar, and adjunct professor at Cardozo School of Law. He was a World War II veteran (Air Force) and served in the Pacific theater.

A 1949 graduate of Yale Law School, Frank Scardilli was a Fulbright Scholar in international and comparative law at the University of Rome, studied at Cambridge University on a full tuition and board scholarship, and received a Masters of Law degree from New York University. A member of the New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC Bars, Frank practiced in the public and private sectors and is listed in Who’s Who in American Law.

Frank had a lengthy and distinguished career in the field of law serving as a legal practitioner, law professor, and Chief Mediator of the U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit where he negotiated/mediated thousands of cases of all types; some involving stakes as high as billions of dollars.

He won his prestigious court’s highest honor, “The Second Circuit Merit Award,” which “signifies the esteem the Second Circuit holds for his mastery of the art of negotiation and ability to solve difficult legal problems.”

He trained judges across the nation in negotiation and mediation, lectured at the United Nations, to Bar associations, and over a dozen colleges and universities. He was a full-time visiting professor for one year at the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration where he was honored by being asked to continue on the faculty.

Frank also served as adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for fifteen years where he taught “Negotiation and Conflict Resolution”–a course consistently ranked by students among the best in the school. He was honored by the establishment of a Chair in his name at Cardozo. He trained judges across the nation in negotiation and mediation, lectured at the United Nations, to Bar associations, and over a dozen colleges and universities.

As a member of the Institute of General Semantics Board of Trustees, he was an honorary IGS trustee. He had a more than sixty-year interest in general semantics and was not only active on the IGS board, he also played a prominent role on the board of the New York Society for General Semantics. In 2009, Frank received the J.Talbot Winchell Award, in recognition of his many years of indispensable contributions and accomplishments in service to the Institute of General Semantics.

Frank was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Julia and his beloved brother Angelo. He is survived by brothers, Joseph and Philip, and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins here and abroad.

Frank’s generosity of spirit, fondness for all people and world cultures, and his passion and commitment to the law and justice guided him throughout his life.

His prestigious and illustrious career and accomplishments were secondary to his enduring love and dedication for his family.

In lieu of flowers, please honor Frank Scardilli’s memory by sending a gift to Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution, Cardoza School of law, 55 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10003. Your gift will be used to support student involvement in negotiation and mediation competitions worldwide, sharpening the skills of the next generation of lawyers.

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