USD Names Vice Dean and Professor of Law Margaret A. Dalton ’94(JD) as Interim Dean of School of Law

USD Names Vice Dean and Professor of Law Margaret A. Dalton ’94(JD) as Interim Dean of School of Law

Interim Dean Margaret A. Dalton

SAN DIEGO (July 1, 2020) – The University of San Diego (USD) announced that Vice Dean and Professor of Law Margaret A. Dalton, ’94 (JD), has accepted the position of Interim Dean for the School of Law effective July 1. She succeeds Dean Stephen C. Ferruolo who held the position for nine years.

Dalton has supported the School of Law in a variety of positions. Prior to serving as Vice Dean of USD School of Law, she held the position of Associate Dean. Previously, Dalton was the Faculty Director for Clinical and Placement Education. For 12 years, she served as Director of the Legal Clinics, doubling the number of clinics and establishing partnerships with the California Board of Equalization and the Legal Aid Employment Law Center. In 2003, Dalton created and established the Education and Disability Clinic with a discretionary award from The California Endowment, serving as the new clinic’s supervising attorney for 13 years. She also developed the Special Education Law and Advocacy Series courses for parents and professionals to learn the basics of special education law. Dalton teaches special education law, family law and experiential courses.

Dalton has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2018 Bernard E. Witkin Award for Excellence in Legal Education, a Top Attorney by the San Diego Daily Transcript in 2015, 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 has served two two-year terms on the Special Education Advisory Committee for the California Office of Administrative Hearings. She has been a board member of the Crawford High Academy of Law and Justice since 2018. She has consulted for the California Judicial Council Committee on Access and Fairness, the California Office of Women’s Health, and the Center for Public Interest Law.

Her most recent publications include a book chapter, “Procedural Safeguards and Remedies,” in Special Education Law and Policy: From Foundation to Application (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, Plural Publishing, forthcoming November 2020) and “Forgotten Children: Rethinking the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Behavior Provisions,” 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.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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