Get to Know First-Year Faculty

Jane Gilliland Dalton, J.D.
Associate Professor of Legal Practice

BA, Political Science, University of Kansas
MA, Latin American Studies, University of Kansas
JD, Georgetown University Law Center
LLM, University of Virginia School of Law

What is your educational/professional background?
I served in the U.S. Navy for 28 years, first as a line officer on ships at sea, then in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  I then served one year as the Stockton Professor of International Law at the U.S. Naval War College, then two years with the Office of the Legal Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, providing legal counsel to the Political-Military Affairs Bureau.  After a few years consulting and working for a non-profit organization, I retired and spent the last few years volunteering with church, community and environmental organizations.  Most recently, in 2017, I spent 7 months in the Peruvian Andes, teaching English at a Christian elementary school to 1st – 6th grade students.

What brought you to Belmont?
I am here as a Visiting Professor to teach Legal Information and Communications to First Year Law Students.

What is your favorite part about working with law students?
I am very impressed with the First Year Law Students’ commitment, engagement, and interest in the law, and their positive attitudes toward the study of law.  The students are bright, respectful and eager to learn.  It is an honor and a delight to work with these budding young attorneys.

When you’re not busy grading, prepping classes, researching, etc., how do you enjoy spending your time?
Watching SEC, ACC and Navy football games, jogging in 5K races, trying new restaurants and attending cultural events – all of which Nashville offers in abundance!

Is there anything else you would like the Belmont community to know about you and/or your role at Belmont?
I am grateful to be a part of the Belmont University College of Law and the Belmont University Community.  I particularly appreciate the faith-based foundation of the University and the commitment to service that it seeks to encourage and develop in the students.  Service to the Lord and to this country are important aspects of my life.