Retired Criminal Court Judge Dennis Waldron, J.D. ’73, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Waldron, a former prosecutor, longtime New Orleans judge, and lifetime resident of the city, has distinguished himself by a lifetime of public service and serves as a role model for Loyola law graduates in many ways, both personal and professional. His life and achievements exemplify Loyola’s values: academic excellence, the pursuit of faith and justice, and service to others.
A native of New Orleans’ Irish Channel, Waldron is a graduate of St. Alphonsus Elementary School, Redemptorist High School, Louisiana State University - New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans), and the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. A scholar and teacher, he was a member of the Loyola Law Review and taught at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School while attending Loyola law school at night.
Waldron served eight years as a prosecuting attorney with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and in 1982 was sworn in as judge of Orleans Parish Criminal Court. During his 27-year career as a criminal district court judge, Judge Waldron presided over 1,719 jury trials, the second highest number of trials in the Court’s history. He served as an adjunct professor in the criminal justice program at Loyola University from 1974 to 2003 and at Loyola’s College of Law from 1986 to 2003.
Known for his efficiency, fairness, and illustrious language, Waldron retired from the bench in 2008, leaving very big shoes to fill. Judge Waldron is remembered for his honesty, integrity, and adherence to the highest ethical standards. His time on the bench marked a legacy of passion for the law and compassion for New Orleans and her citizens.
In his retirement, Waldron has served as 57th president of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee, which held oversight of the Jan. 1, 2015, Allstate Sugar Bowl, and 25-plus amateur sporting events each year. Since being elected to the Sugar Bowl Committee in 1995, Waldron has served in several officer positions and has been involved with numerous Sugar Bowl committees.
In 2011, Waldron received the Order of St. Louis Award from the Archdiocese of New Orleans. He has served at Ozanam Inn and St. Alphonsus Catholic Church and been named the Archbishop Hannan Chapter of Hiberians Irishman of the Year.
Waldron and his wife, Pam, were married on Oct. 5, 1973, the same day he was sworn in as a lawyer. They have three sons: James ’00, J.D. ’03; Matthew ’03; and Andrew. Two daughters-in-law, Meredith Keenan Waldron, J.D. ’04 and Tara Myers Waldron, J.D. ’11, also hold degrees from Loyola. The Waldrons have two grandchildren, Virginia and Patrick Waldron.