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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 “Mitch” 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 upper-level Wills, Trusts, and Estates, as well as the Scholarly Writing Seminar. Over twenty-six years at Loyola, he has taught several courses including Business Organizations I and II, Agency and Partnership, 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, particularly college athletes’ media rights, the Constitution and equality, the right to travel, marijuana reform, the law of sole proprietors, and liberty & property rights. He has recently published four seminal law articles on the media rights of college athletes, including Game of Thrones: Liberty & Eminent Domain, 76 U. MIA L. Rev. 653-741 (2022), Newsweek recently published his OpEd on “How Affirmative Action Really Works.” His Essay, entitled “A Plea for Affirmative Action,” is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review Forum. Crusto's book on civil liberties and disaster, entitled Involuntary Heroes: Hurricane Katrina's Impact on Civil Liberties, (Carolina Academic Press, 2015) was a Finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Book Award.


Classes Taught

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

Areas of Expertise

  • College Athletes’ Media Rights
  • Diversity, Race & the Law
  • Constitutional Right to Travel
  • Environmental Policy 
  • Disaster Law & Policy
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Marijuana Reform & Amnesty



Right of Self, 79 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 533-608 (2022),

Game of Thrones: Liberty & Eminent Domain, 76 U. MIA L. Rev. 653-741 (2022),

Boycott the Games: Show Me the Money!, 32 JLAS 153-176 (2022),

Assessing the Status of Minors in Possession: Marijuana versus Alcohol, unpublished research grant report, 1-57, The Ohio StateUniversity (2022), SSRN,

Blackness as State Property: Valuing Critical Race Theory, 57.2 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 578-614 (Fall 2022), lead article, February 1, 2023)

A Plea for Affirmative Action, Essay, 136 Harv. L. Rev. F. 205-225 (forthcoming January 20, 2023), 136-Harv.-L.-Rev.-F.-205.pdf (

How to Get Away with Murder, When a White Male Police Officer Kills a Young Black Person, the Washington and Lee Online Review, W&L L. Rev. Website, published January 18, 2022,

Newsweek, OpEd, “How Affirmative Action Really Works | Opinion,” 10/31/22 at 7:30 am EDT,

A Plea for Affirmative Action, Essay, Harvard Law Review Forum (forthcoming January 2023),

Right of Self, 79 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 533-608 (2022),

Game of Thrones: Liberty & Eminent Domain, 76 U. MIA L. Rev. 653-741 (2022),

Boycott the Games: Show Me the Money!, 32 JLAS 153-176 (2022),

Blackness as State Property: Valuing Critical Race Theory, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Vol. 57:2 (forthcoming Fall 2022)

Assessing the Status of Minors in Possession: Marijuana versus Alcohol, unpublished research grant report, 1-57, The Ohio State University (2022), SSRN,

How to Get Away with Murder, When a White Male Police Officer Kills a Young Black Person, the Washington and Lee Online Review, W&L Law Review Website, published January 18, 2022,

Stay-in-Place: Coronavirus and its Impact on Intrastate Travel, Louisiana Bar Journal, Volume 68, Number 1 (June-July 2020),

Black Lives Matter: Banning Police Lynchings, 48 Hastings Const. L.Q. 3-72 (2020),  

Weeding Out Injustice: Amnesty for Pot Offenders, 47 Hastings Const. L.Q. 367-424 (2020),

Right to Life: Interest-Convergence Policing, 71 Rutgers U.L. Rev. 63-133 (2018), 

State of Emergency: An Emergency Constitution Revisited,” 61 Loy. L. Rev. 471-523 (2015),

Empathic Dialogue: from Formalism to Value Principles, 65 SMU L. Rev. 845-876 (Fall 2012), 

Obama’s Moral Capitalism: Empathy and the Constitution, 63 U. MIA L. Rev 1011-1040 (2009),

Unconscious Classism: Entity Equality for Sole Proprietors, 11 U. Pa. JCL 215-275 (2009),

Enslaved Constitution: Obstructing Freedom to Travel, 70 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 233- (2008),

The Katrina Fund: Repairing Breaches in Gulf Coast Insurance Levees, 43 Harv. J. Leg. 329-373 (2006), 

Endangered Green Reports: ‘Cumulative Materiality’ in Corporate Environmental Disclosure after Sarbanes-Oxley? 42 Harv. J. Leg. 483-509 (2005), reprinted 35 ELR 10666 (Oct. 2005),

Blackness as Property: Sex, Race, Status, and Wealth, 1 Stan. J. C. R. & C.L.L. Rev. 51-169 (April 2005),

Green Business: Should We Revoke Corporate Charters for Environmental Violations, 63 La. L. Rev 175-241 (2003), reprinted 34 ELR (Feb. 2004),

Extending the Veil to Solo Entrepreneurs: A Limited Liability Sole Proprietorship Act (LLSP), 2001 Col. Bus. L. Rev. 381-430 (2001),    

The Supreme Court’s New Federalism: An Anti-Rights’ Agenda, 16 Ga. St. U. L. Rev. 517-572 (2000),

All That Glitters Is Not Gold: A Congressional-Driven Global Environmental Policy, 11 Geo. Int’l Envtl. L. Rev. 499-529 (1999),

Federalism and Civil Rights, the Meredith Case, 11 Nat’l Black L.J. 301-315 (1989),