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St. Ives Award to be presented to Albert S. Dittmann, Jr.

Loyola press release - January 18, 2007

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans College of Law alum, Albert S. Dittmann, Jr., will posthumously receive the St. Ives Award. The St. Ives Award, named for the patron saint of lawyers, is the highest honor from the School of Law Alumni Association and is presented to an alumnus who has volunteered services to the law school or the university, maintained the highest standards of the profession, and furthered the mission of the alumni association.

After graduating from Jesuit High School in New Orleans in 1959, Dittmann received a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1963 and a juris doctor in 1966, both from Loyola University New Orleans. Dittmann's wife, Marilyn, is also a 1964 Loyola alumna, and one of their sons, Scott, received a business degree from Loyola in 1993 and a Loyola Law degree in 1996.

In 1966, Dittmann was employed with the firm of Landrieu, Calogero and Kronlage, which underwent several name changes by the time he left in 1982. Additionally, he served as Judge Ad Hoc, Juvenile Court of New Orleans; Mediator, Civil District Court Pilot Medallion Program; counsel to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners; counsel to Louisiana Superdome Commission; Assistant City Notary for the City of New Orleans; and counsel to the Local Draft Board. Dittmann was also active with the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, which provides legal counsel to disadvantaged clients.

From 1966-1970, Dittmann served in the United States Army; two years Active Duty, two years Reserve Duty. He achieved the rank of Captain, and received the Joint Armed Forces Award. Dittmann recently retired from the law firm of Adams and Reese. He had been with the firm since 1982, and became partner in 1987. Dittmann was most recently an attorney in the General Counsel's Office of the Office of the Judicial Administrator of the Supreme Court of Louisiana

Active in area non-profits, Dittmann was a board member of Jesuit High School; the Catholic Foundation; and Goodwill Industries, on whose board he served for more than 25 years. Dittmann won the 1996 St. Ignatius Award, presented by New Orleans area Jesuit institutions to honor volunteerism to Jesuit institutions in the area.

Also civically active, Dittmann was president of the Kenilworth Civic and Improvement Association, a member of the Alliance for Good Government, a member of the New Orleans Metropolitan Safety Council, and a volunteer coach for the New Orleans Recreation Department.

Most recently, Dittmann served as chair of the Law School Visiting Committee, of which he has been a member since 1996. Long-time supporters of Loyola, Marilyn and Albert Dittmann won Loyola's 1997-1998 Adjutor Hominum Award for their service to the university and in the New Orleans community. Dittmann's extensive service to Loyola began in the 1970s; he has been, among other things, past president, secretary, and treasurer of Loyola's Alumni Board; a past member of Loyola's President's Council (1992-95); and a member of the Centennial Campaign Steering Committee, along with Marilyn. Together, the Dittmanns co-chaired the 1994 Loyola Alumni Scholarship Gala, and Marilyn served as co-chair for the 1996 event. Additionally, Dittmann gave the "charge" to the graduates at Loyola's 2003 Law Commencement.

The St. Ives award will be presented at Loyola’s Annual Law Alumni Luncheon at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel on January 26, 2007.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit-Catholic institution with a total student enrollment of 4,724 including 800 law students.