McGeorge School of Law

Longtime McGeorge professor Jed “Skip” Scully passed away Dec. 21

January 10, 2020

Jed "Skip" Skully

Jed "Skip" Skully

Jed “Skip” Scully, former professor for University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, passed away Dec. 21, 2019, at the age of 88.

Scully joined McGeorge as a visiting professor in 1979 and retired after nearly 30 years in 2008. He had an impactful career as a professor of law, chair of the Academic Council and director of the intellectual property concentration, a specialized program he developed at McGeorge. And all the while, Scully was a constant advocate and champion of Pacific.

During his tenure at Pacific, Scully was instrumental in developing various programs at McGeorge, including a judicial law and juvenile advocacy program that represented incarcerated juveniles and a family law and appellate practice. Scully, along with his wife, Glendalee “Glee” Scully ’72, and other McGeorge colleagues also helped run a federal civil rights practice for people who had claims under the civil rights statutes for discrimination and gender but could not afford lawyers. 

Scully, a well-respected attorney and educator, remained involved in the Sacramento legal community until his passing. He was one of the founders of Sacramento’s Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court in 1988. Upon his retirement from teaching, Scully became an active member of the Kennedy American Inn of Court and joined the executive committee of Pacific’s Emeriti Society, where he served alongside his wife, Glee. 

Scully spent 36 years in the Air Force in active duty and Air National Guard, eventually reaching the rank of brigadier general. He earned his juris doctorate in 1961 from UCLA and went on to dedicate the majority of his professional career to education. He served as a professor, academic planner, administrator and clinical teacher for nearly 50 years at McGeorge School of Law, UC Berkeley, UCLA, Loyola Marymount (Loyola Law School) and Inns of Court School of Law in London.

He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Glee; their children Patrick, Andrew, Suzanne, Greg, Gavin, Sean and Zachary; as well as 10 grandchildren (with two more to be born in 2020). He was preceded in death by his son Michael.

There will be a celebration of life at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Divine Savior Catholic Church in Orangevale, California. In lieu of flowers, donations in Scully’s memory may be made to the McGeorge School of Law. More information can be found at