Professor Acevedo named new director of Diversity & Inclusion for Faculty


As published by Yahoo

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has named Associate Professor Arthur Acevedo as the new Director of Diversity & Inclusion for Faculty. At a time when institutions around the country are dealing with questions of racial equality, Acevedo’s appointment affirms John Marshall’s longstanding commitment to diversity.

In this position, Acevedo will work closely with faculty, the law school dean and administrators and John Marshall’s new Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Troy Riddle to reach diversity and inclusion goals for the faculty and to maintain and promote a welcoming, inclusive and diverse culture for the entire law school community. He will initially focus on increasing diversity among the adjunct faculty; increasing awareness among all faculty concerning diversity issues in the classroom and best practices in addressing such issues; increasing awareness among faculty of diversity issues in one-on-one contact with students; and assisting in recruiting diverse candidates for full-time faculty positions.

“Diversity and inclusion speak to the broader themes of awareness, tolerance and acceptance,” said Acevedo. “At some level, each one of us look for acceptance and inclusion in our endeavors. I look forward to helping the law school achieve its diversity objectives. I especially look forward to meeting and speaking with individuals interested in teaching from all backgrounds generally, and from historically disadvantaged backgrounds specifically. I hope to bring a richer classroom and teaching experience for both students and faculty alike. I am confident that with continuing and dedicated institutional support, the diversity goals can be reached. I thank The John Marshall Law School for its vote of confidence.”

In announcing Acevedo’s appointment, Dean John E. Corkery said, “This is a very important leadership position for the law school. We are fortunate to have someone as talented, accomplished and dedicated as Art to take on the significant responsibilities and challenges that come with this position. I know he will do a great job for the law school and I thank him for agreeing to do it.”

Acevedo is a tenured associate professor at the law school. He previously taught full time at the University of Baltimore School of Law and as an adjunct professor at DePaul University College of Law. He teaches in the areas of federal income tax, contracts, corporations and constitutional law. Prior to becoming a full-time professor, Acevedo was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Marbo, Inc.

He received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law and holds a Master of Science Degree in Taxation and a B.S. in Commerce also from DePaul. He also is a CPA and is fluent in Spanish.

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