Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul—Sandy D’Alemberte

Updated: Jun 9, 2019

Talbot (“Sandy”) D’Alemberte, 1933–2019: Lead a Productive Life of Public Service


It is with great sadness that this month’s column is devoted to Talbot (“Sandy”) D’Alemberte, a former American Bar Association (ABA) president and former dean of the Florida State University College of Law, who passed suddenly on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the age of 85.

He was an iconic leader and legal scholar, really a reluctant hero. My interview with him was fun. He was humble, smart, and very humorous. His life was about public service, and he leaves us with a great legacy in every area of life he touched. He was born right next to the capital of Florida and served there in the House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972. He was dean of the Florida State University College of Law from 1984 to 1989 and was ABA president in the 1991–1992 bar year. Then he became president of Florida State University in 1994 and led the school until 2003. He is referred to as a national treasure. To honor him this month, here are excerpts from his interview in the book Defining Moments: Insights into the Lawyer’s Soul, where his chapter appears in the “Legacy” section. #aba #lawyers #defining #moments #legal

Former ABA President Talbot (“Sandy”) D’Alemberte (photo courtesy of Matthew Coughlin)

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