Margaret A. Dalton, Esq.

Ms. Dalton is a Professor of Law at the University of San Diego where she teaches in the areas of special education and disability law. Professor Dalton is the director for USD’s Legal Clinics and the supervising attorney for the Education and Disability Clinic. She has been a consultant for the California Judicial Council’s Committee on Access and Fairness, the National Association of Child Advocates, and the California Office of Women’s Health. Dalton received the COMPASS Family Center’s annual STAR Award in 2010 for her comprehensive work advocating and representing children with special needs. She was co-recipient of the Law Justice Foundation’s annual Witkin Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Law in 2009, and the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program named her Attorney of the Year in 2007. The State Bar of California has recognized her work in five separate years with a Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. Dalton is a member of the California State Bar and admitted to practice in the southern district of the United States District Court. She is also affiliated with USD’s Center for Education Policy and Law. Dalton’s publications include “Education Rights and the Special Needs Child” in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America (October 2002), “Today’s Teenagers: A Special Report” in Encyclopedia Americana Yearbook(Scholastic, 2000) and co-author of “Did He Really Do That? How to Use Behavior Data to Make Legal Arguments,” Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, 15th Annual Conference (March 2013).