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California Law Academy Support (CLAS) Summer Institute

August 1, 2024


CLAS Speakers

Dean Justin Cruz

Justin Cruz is the Associate Dean of Admission and Diversity Initiatives at Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law. He earned his BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering with Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, and his JD from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school, Dean Cruz was Managing Editor of the Washington University Law Review and received the CALI Excellence Award for his work in the Intellectual Property and Nonprofit Organization Clinic. After graduating from Washington University, Dean Cruz worked in the area of intellectual property law as an in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company. Prior to joining Chapman, he served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida, and as Assistant Director of Admission at Thomas Jefferson School of Law (TJSL) in San Diego, California. In addition, Dean Cruz was an adjunct professor at TJSL where he taught in the Intellectual Property Law Practicum course. Before his career in law, he worked as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc.

Dean Cruz has served in various capacities in LSAC, including as a current member of the Board of Trustees serving on the Investment Committee and the Governance and Trusteeship Committee.  He previously served on the Diversity Committee, Finance and Legal Affairs Committee and the Emerging Markets and Innovation Committee. In 2017, Dean Cruz received the “Be the Change” leadership award from the Orange County Bar Association and in 2019 received the CLEO EDGE Diversity Award for his work to progress diversity and inclusion in the legal profession.   He continues to serve in various diversity leadership roles, including as a standing executive committee member for the Annual Meeting of Law School Diversity Professionals (AMLSDP) and as a board member of the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, California.