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Mitchell Crusto

Henry F. Bonura, Jr., Distinguished Professor of Law


J.D., Yale Law School, 1981

M.A., Oxford University, 1985

B.A., Oxford University, 1980

B.A., Yale University, 1975


  • College of Law
  • Law


  • Civil Rights
  • Law
  • Louisiana
  • Racial/Ethnic Issues


Professor Mitchell F. Crusto, a native New Orleanian, has a J.D. from the Yale Law School, a M.A. in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, England (Marshall Scholar), and a B.A., Scholar of the House (History), magna cum laude from Yale College. He is a member of the Louisiana, Illinois, and Missouri Bar Associations and the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple in London. He clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and has served two U. S. Presidents in senior governmental policy positions. He came to the legal academy after extensive legal practice with major corporate and international law firms, investment and chemical manufacturing industries, management consulting, and governmental policy positions.

Professor Crusto currently teaches first year Common Law Property and The Legal Profession courses as well as upper level business courses. Over fifteen years at Loyola, he has taught Common Law Property I and II, Business Organizations I and II, Agency and Partnership, Trust and Estates, Insurance, Environmental Management, and American Legal History. In addition to his Loyola teaching experiences, he has taught as a Visiting Professor at Washington University (St. Louis), University of Miami (Florida), and the Vermont Law School. He has received several awards for teaching and for student advising.

Professor Crusto’s legal scholarship focuses on the inter-disciplinary intersections between law and society, especially business and the environment, the constitution and equality, insurance and fairness, and the law of sole proprietors and unconscious classism. He has recently published three important leading constitutional law articles. Enslaved Constitutionanalyzes the constitutional right to intra-state travel, published in the University of Pittsburgh Law Review. Unconscious Classism argues for the equal treatment of business entities under constitutional principles, published in the University of Pennsylvania’s Journal of Constitutional Law.  And Obama’s Moral Capitalism proposes a constitutional right against economic exploitation, published in the University of Miami Law Review.  He has recently commented on legal issues relative to the BP oil spill on both television and radio.

Crusto's latest book, entitled Involuntary Heroes: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Civil Liberties, is now available from Carolina Academic Press.

Classes Taught

  • Common Law Property I and I
  • Business Organizations I
  • Agency and Partnership
  • Trust and Estates
  • Insurance
  • Environmental Management
  • American Legal History
  • Legal Profession

Areas of Expertise

Inter-disciplinary intersections between law and society, especially business and the environment; the Constitution and equality; insurance and fairness; and the law of sole proprietors and liability.