2010-11 McGlinchey Lecture:
"The Tension Between Independence and Accountability In State and Federal Courts"
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Dermot S. McGlinchey
Dermot S. McGlinchey, a leading lawyer of his generation, as well as a civic activist and ardent supporter of Tulane Law School, died at the age of 60 on November 27, 1993. Born in New York City, he received his undergraduate (A&S’54) and law (L’57) degrees from Tulane and remained active in the Tulane community throughout his life. He was president of the Tulane Alumni Association in 1992-93. He served the law school as a member of the Dean’s Council, chairman of the Dean’s Council Development Committee, vice chairman of the endowment program of the Maritime Law Center and chairman of the Law School’s Building Fund. “Dermot was a person who flew with eagles, but he always cared about the sparrows in our society,” said friend and Federal District Judge Eldon Fallon (L’63).
Mr. McGlinchey devoted much of his adult life to promoting equal access to the courts. In 1986, he led the effort to revitalize the Louisiana Bar Foundation and was instrumental in forming the foundation’s Pro Bono Project. “He took on the challenge and turned ideas into reality,” said Fallon, who was then president of the Louisiana Bar Association. “He did it through his compassion and his ability to bring people together and organize and implement programs and projects.”
“Dermot knew the law, and he knew how to get things done,” said C. G. Norwood, Jr., former managing member of McGlinchey Stafford. “Dermot was a valued mentor to dozens of young lawyers, myself included. One of the most valuable lessons he taught was that without effective application to the solution of real problems, the law itself is sterile.”
Noted for his expertise in the area of insurance law, Mr. McGlinchey balanced his 35-year legal career with substantial commitments to professional, civic and charitable endeavors. He was a member of the board of directors of the World Trade Center and the New Orleans Opera Association. He also served as secretary to the board of directors of the Irish American Cultural Institute. Mr. McGlinchey received the Louisiana Bar Association’s Distinguished Lawyer award in 1991. He was appointed Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Louisiana in 1992, and was, in 1993, named Irishman of the Year by the Ancient Order of Hibernians.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Murphy McGlinchey, and two daughters, Fionuala McGlinchey Monsted (N’90) and Deirdre McGlinchey Moffett (L’95).
The Dermot S. McGlinchey Lecture on Federal Litigation is permanently endowed and sponsored by the law firm of McGlinchey Stafford. The firm, founded by Dermot S. McGlinchey and others in 1974, currently has more than 160 attorneys. McGlinchey Stafford has 10 offices in six states—Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Ohio, New York, and Florida—and can be found on the web at mcglinchey.com. The firm has 45 specialty groups, enabling its attorneys to acquire a depth of industry-specific knowledge to better provide personal service to clients by understanding their business needs and desires. The firm’s express goal is "to provide quality legal service to our clients on a prompt and responsive, cost-efficient basis."
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