Winter 2007

Sandy D'Alemberte to Receive Section Service Award

Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, former ABA president, current chair of the state assessment advisory board for the Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project, professor at the Florida State University College of Law, and a senior partner at Hunton & Williams, will receive the 2007 Robert F. Drinan Award for Distinguished Service . The award recognizes individuals whose sustained commitment to the Section has advanced its mission of providing leadership to the legal profession in protecting and advancing human rights, civil liberties, and social justice. A reception for Mr. D’Alemberte will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, at 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami.

Sandy has chaired several ABA committees, including the first dispute resolution committee, the first election reform committee, and a medical malpractice study committee. He was Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar from 1982 to 1983, and was the President of the American Judicature Society from 1982 to 1984. He founded the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI), in 1990 with Homer Moyer.

In addition to his work with the ABA, Mr. D’Alemberte helped advance human rights when he served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972. While there, he chaired several legislative committees including the Judiciary Committee that drafted and passed a major judicial reform constitutional amendment in 1972, implementing major judicial reform. During legislative service, he was recognized as the Outstanding First Term member in 1967 and, in his last term, named Most Outstanding Member of the House in 1972. Sandy chaired the Florida Constitution Revision Commission from 1977 to 1978; the Florida Commission on Ethics from 1974 to 1975; served on the Florida Supreme Court Nominating Commission; served as counsel for a United States Senate Banking Sub-committee investigating HUD; and as pro bono counsel in four death penalty cases. He has handled trial and appellate work at all levels of the court system, including two cases that he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as a wide variety of public law cases.

Sandy has done so much excellent work in various capacities that he is no stranger to receiving awards. His awards include: the ABA Medal in 2003; the ABA Section of Legal Education Robert J. Kutak Award; the ABA World Order Under Law Award; the 2001 Wickersham Award given by the Friends of the Law Library of Congress; the 1996 American Judicature Society's Justice Award for efforts to improve the administration of justice in the United States; the 1996 National Council of Jewish Women's Hannah G. Soloman Award; the 1993 Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers "Perry Nichols" Award; the 1993 Florida Academy of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Criminal Justice Award; the 1990 Jurisprudence Award from the Anti-Defamation League of South Florida, the 1987 Florida Bar Foundation medal of Honor; and a National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences "Emmy" in 1985 for his work in open government, particularly in the opening of court proceedings to electronic journalists. Sandy was named one of "Florida's Legal Elite," a listing of the state's "lawyers held in the highest regard," selected by Florida attorneys and published in Florida Trend magazine, July 2005.

The Section offers its gratitude and congratulations to Sandy D’Alemberte for all he has done for the Section, the ABA, and the legal community.

 

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