Margaret Dalton

Margaret Dalton
Phone: (619) 260-4587
Office: Warren Hall 200B
Assistant:

Kit Brawner
kbrawner@SanDiego.edu
(619) 260-4587

Vice Dean and Professor of Law

  • JD, University of San Diego
  • BA, Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles

Areas of Expertise

Special Education and Disability Law, Family Law, Health Law, Child Advocacy/Children's Rights

Professional Experience

Dalton assumed the position of Associate Dean in 2016, and became Vice Dean in 2019. Previously, Dalton was the faculty director for Clinical and Placement Education, which includes clinical education and field placements. During her 12 years as Director of the Legal Clinics, she doubled the number of clinics, including establishing partnerships with the California Board of Equalization and the Legal Aid Employment Law Center. She was the supervising attorney for the Education & Disability Clinic, which she created in 2003 with a discretionary award from The California Endowment. Dalton teaches family law, special education law, and skills courses.

Dalton’s service to the profession and community includes four years on the Special Education Advisory Committee for the California Office of Administrative Hearings (2011-2013 and 2017 – present), three years on the State Bar Trust Fund Program’s IOLTA Restructuring Committee (2013-2016), and five years on the Clinical and Education Committee for the San Diego Center for Children (2015-present).

Her work has been recognized with the Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Education by the San Diego Law Library Foundation in 2018, as a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2015, with the STAR Award from the COMPASS Family Center in 2010, and as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program in 2007, among other honors.

Dalton’s most recent publication, “Forgotten Children: Rethinking the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Provisions” appeared in American University’s Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law in April 2019. She has been quoted by NPR, U.S. News & World Report, ABC 10 News, Los Angeles Daily Journal, San Diego Union-Tribune, San Diego Daily Transcript and numerous other media.

Dalton has been a consultant for the California Judicial Council’s Committee on Access and Fairness, the National Association of Child Advocates, the California Office of Women’s Health, and the Center for Public Interest Law. She previously held positions in the Children’s Advocacy Institute (Project Director, Information Clearinghouse on Children) and Patient Advocacy Program, both at USD. She was the first editor for the Children’s Regulatory Law Reporter.

Honors and Affiliations

Dalton’s work has been recognized with the Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Education by the San Diego Law Library Foundation in 2018, as a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2015, with the STAR Award from the COMPASS Family Center in 2010, and as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program in 2007, among other honors.

Scholarly Work

Forgotten Children: Rethinking the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act behavior Provisions” in 27 American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law 137 (2019); “Did He Really Do That? How to Use Behavior Data to Make Legal Arguments” in Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys Annual Compendium of Materials (with Lehman) (2013); “Education Rights and the Special Needs Child” in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (2002); and “Today's Teenagers: A Special Report” in Encyclopedia Americana Yearbook (Scholastic, 2000).

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