Diversity & Inclusion
An important part of the College’s mission is ensuring that our graduates are prepared
for and interested in providing legal services to underserved communities. Welcoming
all viewpoints, the College aims for and achieves an inclusive and supportive environment.
Women account for 45% of the College’s full-time faculty, one of the highest levels
among American law schools. The College’s faculty also includes two professors born
outside of the United States, three who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and
others who enhance our community’s diversity in a variety of ways.
Extensive Course Work in Gender, Race, Disability, Immigration, and Sexual Orientation
- Professor Ben Davis has written extensively on race in international commercial law, and on the rights
of terrorist suspects and detainees. He has served as co-chair of the Diversity Committee
of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution and as a Board Member of the Society of American
Law Teachers (SALT), a leading national organization that works to promote equal opportunity
and diversity in law schools and the legal profession
- Professor Jelani Jefferson-Exum has written extensively on racial disparities in criminal sentencing. In addition to her Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure courses, she teaches a Race
and American Law seminar.
- Professor Llew Gibbons is a past chair of the American Law Association Section on Minority Groups and a
member of its Executive Committee. Professor Gibbons serves as advisor to the College’s
Black Law Students Association.
- Professor Jessica Knouse teaches courses in Sexuality and the Law, Family Law, and Reproductive Technology
Law, and writes in the areas of feminist legal studies and sexual orientation and the law. Professor
Knouse serves as co-advisor of the College’s OUTLaw student group.
- Professor Nicole Porter is a leading scholar nationally in the area of Disability Law, and is completing
work on a Disability Law casebook. She also writes on issues surrounding gender in the workplace. She teaches Employment Discrimination,
Feminist Legal Theory, and Disability Law in the College of Law, as well as an undergraduate
course on The Americans with Disabilities Act as part of The University of Toledo’s
new Disability Studies major.
- Professor Rob Salem’s Civil Advocacy Clinic provides representation to disadvantaged clients throughout
Ohio, including in cases of civil rights and political asylum. Professor Salem has
been awarded the Spirit of Fair Housing Public Policy Award by the Fair Housing Center
of Northwest Ohio and the annual Civil Liberties Award by the ACLU of Northwest Ohio.
He serves as co-advisor for the College’s OUTLaw student group.
Toledo Law Supports Pipeline Programs and External Partnerships
The College has an established partnership with Ohio’s only historically black college
& university, Central State University.
Toledo Law hosts Northwest Ohio’s Law and Leadership Institute each summer, which introduces high school students to law and legal careers in an
effort to ensure the diversity of the legal profession.
Student Groups Build Community
The College supports the activities of a number of student organizations that provide
meaningful opportunities for community building and professional development for its
students, including the Black Law Student Association, Christian Legal Society, OUTLaw, and Women’s Law Student Association.
“In my years here, I have noticed two significant things. First, this is a place where
faculty and students come together to make a difference. Second, no one is ever too
busy to help.”
Llewellyn J. Gibbons
Professor of Law
“I’ve been affiliated with five different law schools, as a student or professor,
and no one cares about their students as much as the faculty and staff here at Toledo
Nicole B. Porter
Professor of Law