May/June 2008 issue

In Memoriam: Scott Amendola

by Kim P. Jones, Senior Staff Attorney, 8th Circuit

Scott Amendola, Counsel to the Senior Staff Attorney, passed away on Friday, June 27. He was 33 years old.

Scott was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. When he was a junior in high school, he was accepted to the Resident Honors Program at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he simultaneously completed his senior year of high school and his freshman year of college. He earned his B.A. degree in three years, graduating cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he received many honors, including winning the University of Wisconsin Oral Advocacy Competition and the Mathys Memorial Award for Appellate Advocacy, given to the student deemed to possess the best appellate advocacy skills.

After receiving his J.D. from Wisconsin in 1998, Scott worked as a staff attorney for the Honorable Angela Bartell and the Honorable Steven Ebert, of the Wisconsin Circuit Court, Dane County. In June 1999, Scott joined the Eighth Circuit as a term staff attorney but was later offered a career position with the office. In 2002, Judge Hansen hired Scott as a law clerk in chambers, where he worked for three years, until Judge Hansen took senior status.

Scott was again hired as a staff attorney in 2005, and soon was asked to assume numerous other administrative duties, including assisting the transition to the new electronic case management system, CM/ECF. He became a valuable resource to other Eighth Circuit court staff and to other circuits, as they prepared for their transition to the new system. In recognition of the expanding scope of his duties, Scott was given the title of Counsel to the Senior Staff Attorney in August 2007.

Scott will be remembered for his quick wit, his insightful observations, his glib tongue, and his keen intellect. He is survived by his mother, Bonnie Amendola, of Pennsylvania, and his dog, Blanche.