Law Professor Mitch Crusto is clearly a leading scholar in the important, developing area of emergency law. Emergency law is more important today in light of the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, the Ferguson, Missouri unrest, the Boston Marathon bombing, and the Ebola epidemic scare. Crusto is primarily concerned about the state and governments abuses of civil liberties during emergencies.
This summer, Professor Crusto led a panel discussion and moderated a discussion group on emergency law, alone with other distinguished law professors. In one session, on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina, Crusto presented a paper entitled “Involuntary Heroes: How Hurricane Katrina Challenges our Commitment to Civil Liberties.” In that presentation, Crusto highlighted how in New Orleans, following the hurricane, governmental officials infringed on people’s civil liberties and how the courts did little to redress those infringements.
In another related session, Professor Crusto moderated a discussion group of distinguished law professors on the application of emergency law to the Ferguson, Missouri unrest. Both programs occurred at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools, 68th Annual Meeting, in Boca Raton, Florida, the end of July and beginning of August 2015.
Professor Mitch Crusto continues to explore the constitutional restrictions on emergency law in upcoming publications. His book, Involuntary Heroes: Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Civil Liberties, is being published by Carolina Academic Press and is available later this month. He also has an upcoming law review article, to be published in the Loyola University College of Law Review, entitled “State of Emergency: an Emergency Constitution Revisited.” Both publications significantly contribute to Professor Crusto’s reputation as a leader in the area of emergency law.