St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida will rename its College of Law to the Benjamin L. Crump College of Law on February 8th, making it the first law school in the US to be named after a Black practicing attorney.
Only one other law school in the country is named after a Black person – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who was Attorney Crump’s personal hero.
According to STU President David A. Armstrong, the renaming aims to promote unity between the legal profession, law enforcement, and communities. He and Attorney Crump, despite their political differences, share a common passion for justice and hope to drive positive change through collaboration.
Attorney Crump chose to partner with STU, in part due to its location in a culturally diverse city and its status as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. It was ranked #1 in the “Greatest Resources for Minority Students” by the Princeton Review and in the top-ten of the “Best Schools for Racial Justice” by preLaw Magazine.
Attorney Crump sees this partnership as a privilege and believes the future leaders educated at STU will continue to fight for equality. The university has a high employment rate for graduates and is dedicated to serving the underprivileged through its pro bono clinics and Human Trafficking Institute.
STU and Attorney Crump believe in the transformative power of education and are confident that educating future generations will cultivate leaders capable of driving change.