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BLSA hosts Dean Westerfield memorial barbecue

Loyola press release - October 13, 2008

On Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., the Black Law Student Association will host the second annual Dean Louis Westerfield Memorial Barbecue at Audubon Park, in shelter 12 (located near the corner of St. Charles Ave. and Walnut Street). Winners of a raffle held the previous day during an LSAT information session will be announced during the barbecue. To learn more about event details, contact Christina Burnett at crburnet@loyno.edu.

The main purpose of this memorial is to celebrate Dean Westerfield’s contribution to the Loyola College of Law and the legal community. Westerfield was the first African-American dean of Loyola’s College of Law.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Southern University in New Orleans in 1971 and a juris doctor from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans in 1971.

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 at that institution. In 1986, Westerfield became dean at North Carolina Central University where he helped the school to improve its library and its bar passage rates.

From 1990 to 1994, Westerfield served as Loyola’s College of Law dean, where he strove to increase diversity among the college’s students, faculty and staff. During his tenure, Loyola expanded services and raised record amounts of funds for endowed professorships, scholarships and school operations.

Following his departure, Loyola founded the Westerfield Fellowship. The program provides individuals interested in pursuing careers in 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.