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Professor Jelani Jefferson Exum Named Toledo Law Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

February 8, 2017

Jelani Jefferson Exum, professor of law, has been appointed Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion for The University of Toledo College of Law, pending approval by the University’s Board of Trustees.

As the chief diversity officer for Toledo Law, Dean Exum will be responsible for developing and sustaining pipeline programs to increase equitable access to law school and the legal profession, particularly among diverse populations in Toledo and the surrounding areas.  She will also support efforts to nurture an inclusive environment at Toledo Law for students of all backgrounds.

“Diversity and inclusion is a high priority for the College of Law and for the University,” said Dean D. Benjamin Barros.  "I’m delighted that Professor Exum accepted this position.  She will play an important role leading our diversity and inclusion efforts.”

Dean Exum has served on the Toledo Law faculty since 2011.  She teaches courses in criminal law and procedure, sentencing, and race and American law.  Her research interests center around sentencing law and policy, comparative criminal law and procedure, and the impact of race on criminal justice.

“Programs providing a pipeline to law school are vitally important, not only in providing individuals from a variety of backgrounds with access to a legal career, but also in enhancing the legal profession itself so that it better reflects the rich diversity of our society,” said Dean Exum.  “I am excited about serving in this new capacity, and thrilled that the College of Law is committed to this diversity mission and to ensuring that our students can thrive in an inclusive environment.”

Last Updated: 2/2/18