| The Honorable Thomas Daley
The LSU Law Center is saddened to report the death of Thomas Daley, former Court of Appeal judge, District Attorney of St. John the Baptist Parish, and long-time LSU Law adjunct professor. Judge Daley passed away at the age of 61 on Saturday, January 31, in New Orleans.
“This is a great loss for the Law Center and all who knew Judge Daley,” said LSU Law Center Chancellor Jack Weiss. “He was a warm and vital man who has been taken from us much too young.”
Judge Daley’s legal career spanned 36 years. He served on both the 40th Judicial District Court and the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, before becoming District Attorney for St. John the Baptist Parish. Mr. Daley was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Foundation and the 40th Judicial Bar Association. He was a former member of the Louisiana Judicial College board, and was a former chairman of the Louisiana Judicial Council’s Court Costs Committee.
“Judge Daley was an exceptional man who loved the law. He loved to teach the law, loved to apply the law in a just and even handed manner, and appreciated his duty as District Attorney to enforce the law,” said Cheney Joseph, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. “I cherish the memory of my opportunity years ago when I served as a pro tempore on his bench to run the levee with him and discuss the fascinating legal issues confronting the district courts.”
“Judge Daley was a runner,” shared former LSU Law professor Tom Galligan. “And as we ran we always talked; we talked about law and we talked about friends and we talked about family. And the miles flew by. . . Tom Daley had energy, intelligence, humor, compassion, dedication, and an incredible love of life. He was our friend and we are all better to have gone running with Tom Daley.”
A New Jersey native, Judge Daley received his Masters in Law from the University of Virginia School of Law, his Jurist Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Rutgers University.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 529 W. 5th Street in LaPlace on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. A private burial will be held at a later date.