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Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte

Talbot (“Sandy”) D’Alemberte, President Emeritus of The Florida State University, served as President from January 1994 to January 2003. Prior to his presidency he served as dean of the College of Law and currently serves as a professor at the College of Law and the College of Social Science.

Earlier in his career, he represented Dade County in the Florida House of Representatives where he chaired several legislative committees including the Judiciary Committee that drafted and passed a major judicial reform constitutional amendment in 1972. He continues to be active in the organized bar, serving as past President of the American Bar Association, past President of the American Judicature Society and past Chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. He chaired several ABA committees including chair of the first dispute resolution committee and the first election reform committee. Mr. D'Alemberte has received the ABA Medal, the highest award of the association and he was honored by the International Bar Association with its Rule of Law Award.

Born in Tallahassee, Mr. D’Alemberte was educated in public schools in Tallahassee and Chattahoochee, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in political science from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and also attended summer school at FSU and the University of Virginia. After service as a naval officer aboard a destroyer for three years, Mr. D’Alemberte studied on a Rotary Foundation fellowship at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He received his juris doctor with honors from the University of Florida where he was named to the Order of the Coif, served as president of the student bar association, was captain of the moot court team, served as Articles Editor of the University of Florida Bar Review and received the J. Hillis Miller Award as the outstanding law graduate.

Mr. D’Alemberte is married to Patsy Palmer and they reside in Tallahassee. He is the father of two grown children, Gabrielle D’Alemberte Powell and Joshua Talbot D’Alemberte.

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