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Law Professor Promotes Diversity in Legal Scholarship

Law Professor Mitch Crusto joined other distinguished law professors from various law schools in the Second Annual John Mercer Langston Writing Workshop at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois, June 23-25. The Workshop was conceived in response to the dearth of males of African descent in the law academy and is named for the first male of African descent law professor in the country. This workshop is one way to help bring more diversity into the law academy and retain diverse professors already present. The workshop consisted of approximately several work-in-progress sessions and various panels designed to address writing, teaching, and other issues unique to males of African descent in the law academy. This workshop came to fruition through months of discussions, brainstorming and planning by Professors Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk), Areto Imoukhuede (Nova Southeastern), D. Aaron Lacy (Southern Methodist) and Terry Smith (DePaul). Professor Crusto chairs the Ad Hoc Diversity Committee at the Law School.