Law Professor Reflects on Latino/a Contributions to the City of New Orleans

Law Professor Mitch Crusto presented reflections on Latino/a contributions to the City of New Orleans at the National Latino/a Law Student Association Conference, co-sponsored by Loyola and Tulane Law Schools, on October 1, 2011, in New Orleans. Crusto’s presentation, entitled “Crossroads: Latinos in New Orleans after the Storm” presented a history of Latino/a contributions to the development of New Orleans, their rebuilding of the City after the 1788 Great Fire, and their important legacies including: the civil code, women’s legal rights, and an educated, affluent creole of color population. He also discussed his views on the current impact Hurricane Katrina has on the City, the state of the African-American community, and its views toward the rising Latino/a community. He believes that despite many challenges, the City welcomes the influx of Latino/a people as equal partners who bring and should share in great benefits. He cited Loyola’s recent appointment of its first Latina law school dean, Dean María Pabón López, as evidence of New Orleans’s embracing Latino/a leadership.