Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, former ABA president and chair of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, passed away Monday, May 20, at age 85.
D’Alemberte served as chair of the Section from 1982-1983. He was the 1998 recipient of the Section’s Robert J. Kutak Award, which is presented annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the collaboration of the academy, the bench and the bar.
D’Alemberte served as president of the ABA from 1991 to 1992 and was the recipient of the ABA Medal, the association’s highest honor, in 2003. He helped found the ABA’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative in 1990, which was expanded to cover all the world’s regions and is now called the Rule of Law Initiative (ROLI).
He served as a law professor at Florida State University, including serving as its president from 1994 to 2003, and dean of the university’s law school from 1984 to 1989.
James P. White, who served as consultant of the Section from 1974-2000, stated, “Sandy D’Alemberte was an example of the best of the legal profession. He was an innovator and internationalist who made legal education and the profession more open and transparent.”
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