The Friel-Scanlan Lecture was established by Francis A. Scanlan, LAW ’50 in 1989 to honor the memory of his uncle and aunt, Francis S. Friel and Sara G. Scanlan Friel. The Friel-Scanlan Award is given to recognize outstanding faculty scholarship, and the lecture is delivered by the honored faculty member.

Francis A. Scanlan ‘50 practiced maritime law for more than 50 years, eventually partnering with his son, Francis X. Scanlan, to form Scanlan & Scanlan. For more than 40 years, as chief counsel for the Philadelphia Marine Trade Association, Mr. Scanlan played a key role in negotiating labor contracts and resolving disputes with the International Longshoremen’s Association. He was also chief counsel for the Council of North Atlantic Shipping Association, the National Maritime Safety Association and the North Atlantic Ports Association. He was honored by several maritime organizations.

Mr. Scanlan, who earned a bachelor’s degree and law degree from Temple University, was an adjunct professor at Temple Law School for more than 20 years and lectured at admiralty law schools in Athens and Rome.

The 2018 Friel-Scanlan Lecture with Professor Donald Harris


Prior Friel-Scanlan Lectures

2015 – Jaya Ramji-Nogales

2013 – Greg Mandel

2013 – Craig Green

2012 – David Hoffman

2011 – David Post

2010 – Peter Spiro

2009 – Amy Sinden