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Law professor, students collaborate on disaster case study

Loyola press release - June 16, 2010

Loyola University College of Law Professor Mitch Crusto, Tulane University’s D’Ann Penner, and selected Loyola law students met this week with The Academy for Critical Incident Analysis at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to collaborate on a BP/Katrina disaster case study, “Displacement as an Obstacle to Recovery.” The study focuses on the outward migration of people away from New Orleans and the gulf region as a major obstacle to recovery of the city.

Crusto has published numerous scholarly papers relating to disasters and environmental management issues, including “The Katrina Fund” and “Endangered Green Reports: 'Cumulative Materiality' in Corporate Environmental Disclosure after Sarbanes-Oxley” in Harvard Law’s Journal on Legislation. Additionally, he published “Enslaved Constitution” in the University of Pittsburgh’s Law Review, which argues for the constitutional right to intra-state travel, and “Louisiana’s Valued Policy Law” in the Louisiana Bar Journal, which discusses homeowners’ property insurance rights. His article, “Green Business: Should We Revoke Corporate Charters for Environmental Violations?”, was published in the Louisiana Law Review, and “All that Glitters is Not Gold: A Congressionally-Driven Global Environmental Policy” was published in the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Crusto has also presented disaster-related papers at several Continuing Legal Education programs, including ones at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools and FAMU College of Law.

Crusto’s University of Miami Law Review article on predatory lending was listed on Social Science Research Network’s “Top Ten List” of downloaded articles. “Obama's Moral Capitalism: Resuscitating the American Dream,” explores the need for constitutional protection from predatory lending practices. In the article, Crusto proposes a constitutional right to protection from economic exploitation or “predatory capitalism.”