College of Law

The University of Toledo College of Law has a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, the legal system, and at Toledo Law.

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.

Llewellyn J. Gibbons

“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


Nicole B. Porter

“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 Law.”

Nicole B. Porter
Professor of Law

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Visit! While pictures are helpful, only a campus visit will allow you to experience the strong sense of community and friendly environment at Toledo Law. Meet with a member of our Admissions Office, tour the Law Center with a law student guide, and observe a class.

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Career Compass

Career Compass

A law degree can lead to many different careers – in business, in government, and of course, practicing law. For those students interested in practicing law, the Career Compass provides a variety of “career maps” designed to help you chart your pathway to practice.

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Last Updated: 7/7/16