Before her official tenure as dean, she served as the interim dean for a brief five-month period. Now, Clark joins a network of prominent Black women in academia, ushering in a new era for law students at Loyola Marymount University.
“I do hope the fact my existence will help show someone, ‘Oh, actually. I can get that far. That looks like me. I can see myself there.'”
Loyola Marymount University Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas Poon, Ph.D., expressed his excitement about the decision, highlighting Clark’s expertise, passion for advancing research and education, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
“We need to make sure that communities we are serving are reflected. That their views are known and that people understand what kind of problems exist that we need to try to solve.”
The selection of Brietta Clark comes at a time when law schools are undergoing significant changes to promote diversity initiatives, and responding to controversial legislation and restrictions.
“This is a place where we interrogate the law, where we’re all about social justice. We think about inequality, right? And yet it has taken a long time for the legal academy to start to have its leadership, and even its professors and faculty and students, really reflect the diversity of America.”