Stanford Law School Appoints New Associate Dean of Student Affairs

January 29, 2024 – Stanford – Stanford Law School (SLS) announced the appointment of John Dalton, ‘09, as Associate Dean of Student Affairs. Dalton moves into this role following a year as the Director of Academic Success at SLS, where he provided academic support and counseling, as well as bar advising. Dalton will assume the role in February.

“In the short time that John has been back at Stanford, he has played an indispensable role in guiding students through school and into the legal profession,” said Interim Dean Paul Brest. “The school is extremely fortunate to have him step into the position of associate dean.”

John W. Dalton headshot

“I am incredibly excited for the opportunity to continue to work with our brilliant student body, as well as our wonderful faculty and staff, in this new role,” said Dalton. “Stanford is home to me and I look forward to helping the next generation of students feel at home here as well.”

Dalton spent more than ten years working as an attorney at the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), where he worked primarily as a capital litigator and on EJI’s racial justice and education projects. Before working at EJI, he spent 15 months working as a corporate transactional associate at Davis Polk in their Menlo Park office. Prior to practicing, Dalton clerked for Judge Pamela Ann Rymer, JD ‘64, of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, California.

At SLS, Dalton was a member of Stanford Law Review and a student in the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic. He is a member of the California Bar and Alabama Bar.

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