Dale N. Atkins was born and raised in New Orleans. She attended Xavier Prep High School. Upon graduation from Xavier Prep, Dale was selected by the school faculty to receive the Mother Katherine Drexel Award as the Outstanding Senior.

She received her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 where she was a Notre Dame Scholar. Her dedication to both studies and community service was recognized by the University of Notre Dame when Dale was presented the coveted Rev. A. Leonard Collins Memorial Award as Outstanding Senior.

Following undergraduate studies, she enrolled in the Southern Methodist University School of Law and received her Juris Doctor Degree in 1983. After law school, she went to work as an Assistant District Attorney with the District Attorney’s office in New Orleans. She rose to the position of Senior Trial Attorney and was recognized for a successful record of prosecution.

Dale is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association, the Society of American Archivists and the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers  (IACREOT).