Reminder: teaching first-generation students, free HLS webinar at 12 noon EST

Teaching First-Generation Law Students

First-generation students face unique challenges. Anthony
Abraham Jack’s The Privileged Poor recently highlighted many of the
invisible-to-professors barriers such students, especially first-generation
students of color, face in college. What about when those students go to law
school? Dean John Manning will introduce the panel. Three professors—Angela Littwin, Etienne Toussaint, and Rory Van Loo—will
share invaluable insights and recommendations to make “the invisible
curriculum” both explicit and navigable to all students.

Panelist bios:

Angela Littwin, Ronald D. Krist Professor in Law at the
University of Texas at Austin School of Law, is a leading scholar of economic
justice issues facing individual consumers. She studies bankruptcy, consumer,
and commercial law from an empirical perspective. Her current research includes
studying the attitudes towards bankruptcy among consumers being sued by debt
collectors, bankruptcy local legal culture, as well as the relationship between
consumer credit and domestic violence (DV). She has published in journals such
as the Texas Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, California Law
Review, and American Bankruptcy Law Journal. She has recently published
articles about racial disparities in bankruptcy chapter use, the Consumer
Financial Protection Bureau’s complaints process and supervision program as
well as on how consumer bankruptcy attorneys adapted to the Bankruptcy Abuse
Prevention and Consumer Protection Act. Professor Littwin has been a principal
investigator for a number of empirical projects.

Etienne Toussaint is an Assistant Professor of Law at the
University of South Carolina School of Law where he teaches Contracts, Business
Associations, Secured Transactions, and related seminar courses. His
scholarship sits at the intersection of law, history, political economy, and
critical theory, with a focus on the socioeconomic challenges facing
historically marginalized urban communities across the United States. He has
been nationally recognized for his teaching, scholarship, and service. For
example, in 2022, he was awarded the Junior Great Teacher Award by the Society
of American Law Teachers. Professor Toussaint began his legal career as a project
finance associate with Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP. Then, he served as a Law
& Policy Fellow with the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in
Washington, D.C. before transitioning into law teaching. As a student at
Harvard Law School, Toussaint served as Vice-President of the Board of Student
Advisers. Born and raised in the South Bronx, New York, Professor Toussaint is
the son of immigrants from the island of Dominica in the West Indies, the proud
husband of Ebony A. Toussaint, Ph.D., and the father of their three amazing

Rory Van Loo teaches Contracts, Business Organization,
Consumer Law, and Financial Regulation at Boston University, where he is
involved with the First-Generation Professionals student group. He is a
graduate of Harvard Law School, and as a student he served as a Teaching
Assistant in the Negotiation Workshop. He later returned to Harvard Law School
as a Lecturer to teach Dispute Systems Design and Advanced Negotiation:
Multiparty Negotiation, Group Decision Making, and Special Dispute Management
Processes. After law school, he worked as a management consultant at McKinsey
& Co. and was on the team that helped set up the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau.

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