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The Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice
at the St. Thomas University College of Law

We are training the social justice engineers of the future to expose the nature and depth of injustices — and to eliminate these injustices through education and advocacy.

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STU College of Law Dean Dr. Tamara Lawson with students

Purposefully housed at one of the most diverse-access law schools in America, the Center is a place where people of conviction and courage learn the legal tools to excise racism and discrimination wherever they may dwell.

STU College of Law Dean Dr. Tamara Lawson with students

In addition to teaching our law students, the Center is home to innovative programming, symposia, trainings, and curated programmatic instructional modules focused on enforcing civil rights and restoring human dignity.

Changing the face of the profession

“We have to make these dead words on a paper a glorious reality, and we are the only people who can do that.”

Students engaging in a mock trial

Recognizing that Black males make up the smallest cohort of law school students across all law schools, the College of Law created the Bald Eagle Initiative to support Black male law students achieving excellence both in law school and beyond, as they successfully transition into the profession.

As part of the The Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice, the Bald Eagle Initiative will soon extend these supports to St. Thomas’ first-generation students.

Building on a legacy of social justice

St. Thomas University College of Law was founded on the principle that every human being deserves to be treated with dignity. And we live that mission. Through coursework, research, and field opportunities, St. Thomas trains lawyers sensitive to the needs of the region’s underrepresented communities

The Center builds on the College of Law’s existing expertise in the areas of civil rights, human rights and social justice law consistent with its Catholic mission. We are one of the most diverse law schools in the country, with eighty percent  of our students coming from underrepresented backgrounds.

Dr. Tamara Lawson

The College of Law is led by Dean Tamara Lawson, whose scholarship has explored key civil rights issues, including police misconduct and racial bias in prosecutorial decisions.

About Benjamin L. Crump

“I am proud to call myself a civil rights attorney who believes in the romantic notions of liberty and justice for all.”

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Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice. His role in the Trayvon Martin, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Martin Lee Anderson Boot Camp, and Jannie Ligons cases shows a legacy built around the idea that the Constitution applies to everyone, at every level of society. Mr. Crump’s passion for advocacy has given him the privilege to fight for justice on behalf of the marginalized in our country, a calling to which he remains dedicated.

Support

An artists rendering of the upcomming Benjamin L. Crump Center

Mr. Crump believes there are “weapons of righteousness” within the U.S. Constitution. The College of Law has embarked on a $35 million campaign to support ongoing transformative efforts to champion students from traditionally marginalized communities and diversify the legal profession.

Join us as we prepare the next generation of lawyers to challenge injustice and build a better future.

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