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Former Area Lawyer Honored By Legal Colleagues

Pictured are Bruce S. Scolton’s partners from Erickson, Webb, Scolton and Hadju, Paul Webb Jr.; Paul Webb III; and Lyle Hajdu, presenting the Jamestown Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award for community service to Scolton’s children, Crystal Odell and Eric Scolton.

Legal colleagues of Bruce Scolton have honored the former area lawyer.

Marilyn Fiore-Lehman, chairwoman of the Jamestown Bar Association Community Service Award Committee, announced at a special meeting of the Jamestown Bar Association held recently that Scolton, former Harmony town justice and partner in the law firm of Erickson, Webb, Scolton and Hajdu, was honored by his legal colleagues and peers in awarding him a Lifetime Achievement Award for community service.

Lyle Hadju, one of Scolton’s partners, provided a summary of Scolton’s service to the community during his lifetime, noting that Scolton served in the U.S. Army for two years and with the U.S. Army Reserves for four years.

Scolton presided as justice for the town of Harmony for more than 30 years, was the town attorney for Clymer, provided advice and counsel for the Panama Central School District and was the attorney for the Panama United Methodist Church.

He was active in youth sports as a coach and referee for youth basketball, assistant coach for Panama High School baseball, a scout for Panama High School football, co-organized the Jack Keene Memorial Scholarship and contributed to the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame.

In addition, Scolton was active in numerous community projects including building school playgrounds, working on park conservation, he supported the local historical society and contributed time and money to numerous non-for-profits like the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Fenton Museum, and the Robert H. Jackson Center, for which he and his wife Joanne are recognized as important contributors.

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