KU News Release

May 10, 2011
Contact: Mindie Paget, School of Law, 785-864-9205

Two distinguished alumni earn law school’s highest honor

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LAWRENCE — An accomplished law professor and a veteran Kansas attorney will receive the highest honor given by the University of Kansas School of Law.

James Concannon and Jack Dalton each will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award during a ceremony on May 14. The award is presented annually to graduates who have distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the legal profession, their communities, KU and the state or nation.

James Concannon

Jack Dalton

“Jack Dalton, while he claims to be just an old country lawyer, is a model for the legal profession,” said Stephen Mazza, dean of the law school. “He is the type of lawyer we encourage our students to be: a respectful advocate, a trusted adviser and a community leader. We are proud to have him among our graduates.

“Jim Concannon holds legendary status at both law schools in the state of Kansas. His ‘dual citizenship’ has allowed him to connect with more members of the Kansas bar than probably anyone else around. His selfless devotion to the state bar is worthy of this recognition.”

Also recognized at the ceremony will be new recipients of the James Woods Green Medallion, named in honor of the law school’s first dean. The school presents medallions to its major financial contributors. This year’s honorees are John Conderman, Class of 1969, and Patricia Conderman; Lathrop & Gage LLP; Dara Trum Miles, Class of 1987, and Robin Miles, Class of 1986; and Peter Strand, Class of 1979, and Sheila Strand.

More about the award winners:

James Concannon
James M. Concannon is Distinguished Professor of Law at the Washburn University School of Law. He earned his law degree in 1971 from KU, where he graduated Order of the Coif. Following graduation, he was a research attorney for Justice Alex Fromme of the Kansas Supreme Court. In 1973, Concannon joined the faculty at Washburn, where he served as dean from 1988 to 2001. He has taught a variety of courses and received the William O. Douglas Professor of the Year Award in 1977. He is the author of many book chapters and articles and frequently speaks at continuing legal education programs. Concannon is a Kansas commissioner to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws and a member of the Kansas Judicial Council’s Pattern Instructions and Civil Code Advisory committees, the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance and the Kansas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Committee. In 1997, he received an award from the Kansas Supreme Court for contributions to the judiciary and in both 1983 and 2003 received President’s Outstanding Service Awards from the Kansas Bar Association. He served on the KBA Continuing Legal Education Committee for 15 years. Since 1992, he has been administrator of the Sam A. Crow American Inn of Court and is a past president of the organization. Concannon served on the editorial board for the Bencher, the national publication of the American Inns of Court, and was president of the Kansas Fellows of the American Bar Association. He was co-reporter for the Kansas Citizens Justice Initiative from 1997 to 1999 and a member of the Kansas Commission on Public Understanding of the Law from 1983 to 1989. Concannon serves on the board of directors for Kansas Legal Services for Prisoners Inc. and Kansas Appleseed Foundation Inc.

Jack Dalton
Jack Dalton graduated from Sedan High School in 1946 and then served in the U.S. Army in the occupation of Korea. Upon discharge, he attended Baker University and KU, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1950. He graduated from KU’s School of Law in 1953 and went into private practice in Jetmore for 12 years. He now resides in Dodge City, where he practiced law for 28 years. Dalton has been a member of the Kansas Bar Association since 1953 and served as its president from 1976 to 1977. He was honored by the KBA in 1983 for “continuous, long-standing service on behalf of the legal profession, the public and the association.” In 1989, he received the bar’s Outstanding Service Award and, in 1990, the Distinguished Service Award. Dalton also served as the Kansas Bar Foundation president from 1985 to 1986. He was a member of the Kansas Judicial Council for 21 years and chaired the Kansas Supreme Court Nominating Commission in 1993. He was the Kansas delegate for the American Bar Association for three years. When not practicing law, Dalton has enjoyed scuba diving and planning dive trips. More recently, he has taken up writing. His first novel, “A Country Lawyer,” published in 2009, is a story of a young attorney in western Kansas who also has a great love of scuba diving.

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