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BLSA hosts barbecue in memory of Dean Westerfield this weekend

October 30, 2009

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Black Law Student Association will remember the life and contributions of Loyola’s first African-American dean at the third annual Dean Louis Westerfield Memorial Barbecue, on Saturday, Oct. 31. The event takes place from 1–5 p.m., at Audubon Park’s shelter 11, located near the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Walnut Street.

Westerfield, who died in 1996, served as Loyola’s College of Law dean from 1990 to 1994. During his tenure, he strove to increase diversity among the college’s students, faculty and staff, and helped Loyola expand its services and raise record amounts of funds for endowed professorships, scholarships and school operations.

Westerfield received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University in New Orleans in 1971 and a juris doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1974.

After a year as an assistant district attorney in New Orleans, Westerfield began his career in law education, becoming an assistant professor and director of the law clinic at Southern University School of Law in Baton Rouge. He then returned to Loyola University College of Law, where he taught subjects ranging from criminal law to constitutional law and became the school’s first tenured African-American professor of law. From 1983 to 1986, Westerfield taught at the University of Mississippi School of Law, becoming the first tenured African-American law professor there. In 1986, Westerfield became dean at North Carolina Central University where he helped the school improve its library and bar passage rates.

In 2004, College of Law Dean Brian Bromberger founded the Westerfield Fellowship, which provides law school graduates wishing to pursue legal education the opportunity to gain practical teaching experience and devote time to scholarly writing and publication.

For his steadfast dedication to serving others, the A.P. Tureaud Chapter of BLSA honors Dean Louis Westerfield. Winners of a first-year law student survival kit will be announced at the barbecue.

To learn more about the event, contact Tiffany Tate at tmtate@loyno.edu. For more information on the College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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