Indiana Tech Law School Faculty Takes Shape with First Hires

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First Four Faculty Members Join Founding Team

Indiana Tech Law School has hired its first four faculty members, and they have begun developing the law curriculum. Peter C. Alexander, dean of the new law school, recently welcomed andré douglas pond cummings, Victoria Duke, Guadalupe Luna, and Phebe Poydras.

cummings is professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs. In that capacity, he will serve as the law school’s chief academic officer. He joins the Indiana Tech Law School faculty after nine years as a member at the West Virginia University College of Law. He is a prolific scholar whose writings focus on race, gender, hip-hop culture, investor protection, and corporate law. He is the author of a book entitled “Coyotes on Wall Street: The Surprising Motivations of Mortgage Meltdown CEOs,” which will be published later this year. cummings received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Howard University.

Duke is an associate professor of law and teaches and researches in the tort law area. She was most recently a member of the Florida A&M College of Law faculty. She has more than 15 years of experience in legal academia, 17 years of experience in the practice of law, and 13 years of experience of municipal court knowledge. Over these years she also has served as a director of a legal methods program and as an interim clinical director. Duke received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Southwest Texas State University and her J.D. from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law.

Luna is a professor of law and an internationally recognized scholar whose areas of expertise include agricultural law, immigration law, landlord-tenant law, property, and voting rights. She joins the Indiana Tech law faculty after 20 years on the faculty of the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Luna has written more than 35 law review articles, book chapters, and books including important entries in “The Encyclopedia of Latina/o Politics and Social Movement,” which is published by Oxford University Press. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Luna received both her bachelor’s degree and her J.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Poydras is an assistant professor of law and associate dean for library affairs. In that capacity, she is responsible for developing and maintaining the law school’s 60,000-volume library collection. She was most recently the law library director at Florida A&M University College of Law. Poydras brings with her more than 11 years of law library experience. She is also a certified mediator. Poydras received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Orleans, her J.D. from the Southern University Law Center, and her Master’s of Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University.

The four new faculty members are preparing for the arrival of the remainder of the law school’s founding faculty and the first student class next fall.

“Each of these talented individuals is already making a difference in the life of our young law school,” Alexander said. “They are busy writing all of the law school’s rules and policies, and they are assisting our admissions staff in the recruitment of students. We are fortunate to have such talented people on the team at Indiana Tech.”

About six additional faculty members will be hired during the upcoming academic year, and they will begin their duties at the law school next July. The law school opens its doors to its first student class in August 2013.

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