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Professor Mitch Crusto works with youth, receives BLSA award

April 30, 2010

Loyola University College of Law professor Mitch Crusto served as a breakout session leader on teambuilding at Junior Achievement’s, “Connecting to Success,” an annual conference for high school students in April at Delgado Community College. Crusto joined community leaders, including Rod West, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, in giving back to the community and helping prepare young adults for future leadership.

Junior Achievement Worldwide is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The annual conference brings together 125 high school students from Southeast Louisiana for a half-day of sessions on ethics, values, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills. Sessions are highly interactive and allow students to consider various aspects of preparing for and being a part of the working world.

Additionally, the Dean Louis Westerfield Award was presented to Crusto at the A.P. Tureaud’s Chapter of Black Law Students Association Sixth Annual Scholarship Gala and Silent Auction in March at the Audubon Tea Room. Westerfield was the first African-American dean in the history of Loyola, who served from 1990 to 1994. He died in 1996 at the age of 47.

Crusto received the “Special Recognition Award” which honored him for his incredible support of BLSA and his commitment to encouraging the A.P. Tureaud Chapter to continue to promote the ideals it was founded on.

The A.P. Tureaud Chapter of the Black Law Students Association was founded in 1969 at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. The organization devotes its efforts to recruiting and maintaining the enrollment of black students at the law school. The association, open to all interested law students, is affiliated with the National Black Law Students Association.

As an organization, BLSA seeks to continue the tradition of service and diligence to the Greater New Orleans community established by A.P. Tureaud. Each year BLSA actively participates in many community services activities, provides first year students with legal workshops, and puts on several networking events, mixers, and other activities to re-connect with our alumni and to develop and maintain close ties with the New Orleans legal community.

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