Academic freedom is as important today as it has ever been, especially when universities are looking for ways to cut costs in response to the current economic crisis. With important reforms in legal education necessary to produce the next generation of ethical and competent attorneys, the value of a strong faculty voice in decision making is paramount.
The goal of this committee is to re-center the role of the attorney and legal academic as a public citizen committed to social justice.
SALT is dedicated to achieving an inclusive system of legal education that offers equal opportunities to study law to men and women from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse population. The faculty and administration of every law school should also reflect this diversity.
Respect for human rights both here and abroad is central to the work of the Human Rights Committee: immigration reform, accountability for authorization and use of torture on "war on terror" detainees, and adherence to the rule of law are just a few of this committee's projects.
The content and quality of legal education and law faculty’s participation in the development of innovative and effective ways to teach substantive law, professional skills, and the values needed to educate competent and dedicated professionals are the very heart of SALT’s mission. Learning assessments; bar admissions and alternatives to the bar exam; status and teaching; and ABA Council liaison are all aspects of this committee's work. SALT recently sent letters to the Standards Review Committee including; SALT on Tenure Standard 405 NOV2012, SALT on Bar Passage Standard OCT2012,SALT on Outcome Measures of Law Graduates OCT2012
SALT supports the nomination and confirmation of the best and the brightest to serve our country, men and women who respect the Rule of Law and to aspire to the ideals of American democracy. SALT will oppose those nominations when candidates do not represent the principles of SALT.
SALT is working to ensure that LGBT students, faculty, and staff have full access to the opportunities at their law schools, and is proud to have played a role in repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell."
There are many roles available to practitioners within the legal academy and different routes on how to get there. The New Teachers' Pipeline Committee is dedicated to helping law professionals 'break in' to the legal profession by organizing informative events giving opportunity to learn from insiders: deans, administrators, and seasoned faculty.