Florida Law School to Open Social Justice Center Named After Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump

A Florida law school will open a social justice center named after renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump for the next generation of diverse lawyers.

“The Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice at the St. Thomas University College of Law will provide innovative programming, symposia, and training to catalyze the next generation of social justice engineers,” Crump and the law school announced on Dec. 2.

College of Law Dean Tamara Lawson said that there was “no better role model or mentor for our students than Ben Crump.”

Crump rose to prominence for representing the families of George Floyd, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and other victims of racial and police violence.

“Lawyers can be the social engineers, using the tools found in the Constitution, to expose the nature and depth of injustices,” Crump said in the joint statement.

“This Center will serve as a pipeline for historically marginalized students to get their law degrees and give back to society, following the legacy of my personal hero, Thurgood Marshall,” Crump further said.

According to the announcement, the Center serves as the new home for the college’s Bald Eagle Initiative, which supports Black male law school students who make up the smallest group across all law schools.

The Center is initially funded by a $1 million leadership grant from Truist Financial Corporation.

Wendy McSweeney, Truist chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer, said they were “proud” to partner with Crump and the school to support the center they described as “a catalyst for future generations of lawyers committed to creating a more equitable society.”

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