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Alumnus honored for legacy in civil and public defense

October 28, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law graduate Samuel Dalton, J.D. ’54, H’94, the founding chairman of the Jefferson Parish Indigent Defender Board in Louisiana, is one of two recipients of this year’s Kutak-Dodds Prizes.

Established in 1989 and presented each year at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C., the Kutak-Dodds Prize honors an equal justice advocate “who, through the practice of law, has contributed in a significant way to the enhancement of the human dignity and quality of life of those persons unable to afford legal representation.” The award will be presented on Dec. 6 at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner at Historic Union Station in Washington, D.C. Wendy Pollack, director of the Women's Law and Policy Project at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will also be honored.

“Both Sam Dalton and Wendy Pollack have remarkable stories of working for many years to restore dignity for their clients while delivering justice,” said Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA president and CEO. “In this centennial year, NLADA is especially proud to acknowledge two shining stars of our profession, who have fought with courage and commitment to accumulate a long record of accomplishments and a legacy in civil and public defense.”

In 2009, Dalton was recognized by the Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Association with its highest honor, the Adjutor Hominum Award. Dalton, a leader in pro bono law practice in Louisiana, has represented poor defendants for nearly six decades. He has been devoted to helping the less fortunate in the field of criminal defense and is best known for his expertise in death penalty cases, both for trial and appeal, including post-conviction relief for death row inmates.

The Samuel S. Dalton Scholarship fund was created by the university in 1993 to honor him as a courageous lawyer, community servant and Loyola alumnus. This partial scholarship is awarded annually to the Loyola law student best demonstrating Dalton's commitment to community service, and in particular, advocacy to the poor involved in the criminal justice system.

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