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Crusto speaks at Latino law student conference

October 14, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor Mitch Crusto presented reflections on Latinos’ contributions to New Orleans at the National Latino/a Law Student Association Conference, co-sponsored by Loyola and Tulane Law Schools, on Oct. 1, in New Orleans at Tulane University.

Crusto’s presentation, “Crossroads: Latinos in New Orleans after the Storm” presented a history of Latinos’ contributions to the development of New Orleans, their rebuilding of the city after the 1788 Great Fire, and their important contributions in influencing the civil code, women’s legal rights, and an educated, affluent Creole of color population.

He also discussed his views on the current impact Hurricane Katrina has on the city, the state of the African-American community, and its views toward the rising Latino community. He believes that despite many challenges, the city welcomes the influx of Latino people as equal partners. He cited Loyola’s recent appointment of its first Latina law school dean, María Pabón López, as evidence of New Orleans’ embracing Latino leadership.

For more information, contact Crusto at 504-861-5743 or mfcrusto@loyno.edu.

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