Kerry Dallas Walton, 24, a law clerk at the Washington law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard & McPherson and a 1979 graduate of the Columbus Law School at Catholic University, died of cancer Thursday at her home in Bowie.

Miss Walton was born in Lincoln, Neb., and lived in North Carolina and Lexington, Ned., before moving to Bowie. She graduated from Bowie Senior High in 1973 and was a member of the National Honor Society. In 1976, she graduated from the University of Delaware, where she was elected to Phi Betta Kappa, and then went to Catholic Univeristy to study law.

She had been a clerk to Judge Herbert Perlman, an administrative law judge at the Environmental Portection Agency, a law clerk for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and a research assistant at the Brookings Institution. She joined Verner, Liipfert in the fall of 1979 and remained there until her illness forced her to take a leave of abscence.

Miss Walton was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church in Bowie.

Survivors include her mother, Dr. Kathleen O'D. Walton, of Bowie; her father and stepmother, James H. and Susan I. Walton, of Arlington; three brothers, James K., Sean M., and Rory D., all of Bowie; a half-sister, Jenny M. Walton of Arlington, and a grandmother, Dorothy M. Walton of Lincoln, Neb.