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College of Law dean selected as Woman of the Year

Loyola press release - August 27, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Dean María Pabón López, J.D., is a 2013 Woman of the Year, an honor given by New Orleans CityBusiness. López will be honored at a reception Nov. 14 at the Hyatt Regency, and a profile on López will run in a special insert in the Nov. 22 issue of CityBusiness.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious recognition. Looking back at previous honorees, I’m humbled to be included with such a strong group of local community leaders who are not only making a difference in this city, but also serving as a strong role model for generations to come,” López said.

The Women of the Year honor recognizes “50 individuals whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region,” according to CityBusiness. Nominations were accepted throughout the year and a selection committee reviewed and chose the top candidates.

López is a member of the board of the New Orleans Opera Association and of Puentes New Orleans, a nonprofit organization supporting the inclusion of Latinos in public, political and socio-economic life. She currently serves on the Diversity Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is also an expert in immigrants’ rights (including the education of immigrant children), immigration law and diversity/multicultural matters in the legal profession, focusing on issues concerning Latinos, race and the law, and the status of women lawyers. She has authored one book and numerous law review articles published in journals such as the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, the Harvard Latino Law Review and others.

Prior to becoming dean of the College of Law in 2011, López was professor of law at Indiana University School of Law. During her time there, she was also a member of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners and was elected to the American Law Institute. She is the recipient of the 2011 Sigueme Award from the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Latino Students Association, the 2008 Diversity Attorney in Practice Award from the Indiana Lawyer and the 2007 Rabb Emison Diversity Award from the Indiana State Bar Association. López received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1989 and her bachelor’s degree in religion from Princeton University in 1985.

For more information, contact James Shields in Loyola's Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888.