Maria Mercedes Pabon is a Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She served as Dean of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law from 2011 – 2015. She was the first woman to lead a law school in the state and the first Puerto Rican law dean in the U.S. She is a graduate of the Teacher Preparation Program at Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she served on the Law Review. A prolific author, Pabon has placed articles in journals such as the Harvard Latino Law Review, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Hastings Women’s Law Journal and the Seton Hall Law Journal. She has also published articles in Revista Juridica de la Universidad Interamericana and Revista de Derecho de Extranjeria. Her book, Persistent Inequality: Contemporary Realities in The Education of Undocumented Latino/a Children was published by Routledge: Taylor and Francis Group. Her current research projects are (1) an examination of U.S. and European immigration laws (3) the status of women lawyers in Louisiana,(3) diversity in the legal profession during the economic downturn. Pabon is currently a faculty mentor for the Ignatian Colloquium at Loyola University New Orleans undergraduate Honors program and has taught a course in Women, Diversity and the Law to Honors undergraduate students. Bilingual in English and Spanish and fluent in French, Professor Pabon has initiated law global initiatives with Latin American countries, including Mexico and Panama.