Adam Crepelle and Sheldon Bernard Lyke join the faculty

Loyola University Chicago School of Law welcomes Adam Crepelle and Sheldon Lyke to the faculty.

Assistant Professor Adam Crepelle is an expert in federal Indian law and policy, particularly tribal economic development and criminal justice. He is a co-founder of the Gulf States American Indian Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Crepelle is an enrolled citizen of the United Houma Nation and serves as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. He was a Campbell Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a commissioner on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Crepelle has published extensively in both academic and popular journals on a wide variety of topics including crime in Indian country, tribal economic development, and tribal federal recognition. In addition to his juris doctor, he holds a master’s degree in public policy and a master of laws in Indigenous Peoples law and policy. Crepelle is also an award-winning filmmaker, and his film, Indian Santa, screened at numerous venues including the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. In 2019, Crepelle was named one of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s 40 under 40.

Associate Professor Sheldon Bernard Lyke is an expert in critical race theory, property, and trusts and estates. His research focuses on antidiscrimination laws regarding racial and sexual minorities in a comparative context and explores anti–affirmative action practices in higher education. His work also involves observing property law institutions in our shared social world—particularly in the realms of higher education, fashion, and natural resources—and understanding their role in creating and ameliorating social inequality.

In 2011, Lyke was appointed the inaugural Dorr Legg Law and Policy Fellow at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law. He has held positions at University of Baltimore, Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, and Whittier Law School. He also has held visiting positions at Howard University School of Law, the University of California Irvine School of Law, and Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. In addition to his juris doctor, Lyke holds a PhD in sociology. (July 2023)