Tribute to Sandy D'Alemberte

How to honor a great Floridian: Sandy D’Alemberte

Sun Sentinel Editorial May 22, 2019

Florida lost one of its greatest citizens when Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte died of a heart attack Monday. The people lost a lifelong champion of open government and fair courts. The legal profession lost someone who embodied its highest ideals and inspired others. The poor and powerless here and around the world lost a friend.

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Maggy Hurchalla writes:

He was an iconic legal scholar . He was the model of a real public servant. He was president of the American Bar Assoc. and Florida State.

He was brilliant and courtly and brave.

Sandy believed in liberty and justice for ALL and the words carved on the corner of the Justice Building in Washington: "Liberty is maintained in defense of Justice". He spent a lifetime defending the constitution and democracy's promise to " the least of these my brethren" (Mathew 25:40). He was not afraid of billionaires or bullies or arrogant opposing counsel reminiscent of Snidely Whiplash.

He was my Appeals lawyer in Lake Point v Maggy Hurchalla. He was lead counsel of the very best good guy, First Amendment legal team you could imagine.

Sandy was my friend. He was a friend of more than fifty years to all Renos great and small. He paddled the length and the breadth of the Okeefenokee Swamp with us. He laughed and quoted poetry and told stories. He could tell you about Christmas Day in Bastogne when Gen. McAuliff and his troops were surrounded in the Battle of the Bulge. They held out because they believed in democracy and hope. When the Germans demanded surrender, McAuliff answered "Nuts!"

He gave wonderful hugs and could sing all the verses of The Great Ship Titanic and The Wild Colonial Boy.

Truth and Justice will miss Sandy.

Those who knew and loved him will miss him even more.

He helped us keep the faith. He fought the good fight.

We will finish the race.

Maggy Reno Hurchalla

Sandy at Lake Point oral arguments:

Court of Appeals: Maggy Hurchalla v Lake Point

Sandy at my sister's memorial service:

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