Damen Award Winner: School of Law
The Honorable Thomas J. Dart, JD ’87
Since 2006, as Cook County Sheriff, Tom Dart has brought an aggressive yet innovative approach to law enforcement. His willingness to take bold steps that yield substantive results has earned the department accolades.
Sheriff Dart has worked tirelessly to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders detained at the Cook County Jail while spreading awareness nationally about the criminalization of mental illness.
Sheriff Dart’s impressive stances in the midst of the nationwide foreclosure crisis, as well as his efforts to infiltrate the world of online prostitution and human trafficking led Time magazine to designate Dart as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2009.
Dart, a Chicago native, graduated from Providence College. He earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago, and in 2011 Loyola conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Science degree. He and his wife, Patricia, live on Chicago’s South Side and are the proud parents of five children.