Call for Nominations — 2018 Great Teacher Award

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Pictured, 2017 Award Winner Frank Askin

SALT holds an annual awards event to celebrate the SALT’s community, values, and honorees to coincide with the January AALS meeting. Mark your calendars: This year’s SALT awards celebration will be on Friday, January 5, 2018, at a location TBA in San Diego.  A highlight of this celebration is the presentation of SALTʹs Great Teacher Award. SALT invites you to submit a nomination for this award. Award criteria and past awardees are set out below.  Current members of the SALT Board of Governors are not eligible for nomination.

You must be a current member of SALT to make a nomination. You can click here to join or renew.  To check the status of your membership, email

To nominate, please submit the following to by Friday, September 1, 2017:

  • the name of the award for which you are making a nomination
  • the name of the person or organization you are nominating
  • a 1-2 page (max of 2 pages) statement supporting the nomination. The statement should explain why the person or organization deserves the award, including how they have contributed to the mission of SALT.

We encourage you to re-nominate candidates who have been nominated in past years, as we always have many more worthy nominees than we can honor each year.

Great Teacher Award Criteria:  The Great Teacher Award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made especially important contributions to teaching, legal education, and mentoring.  The most important criteria is demonstrated excellence in teaching.  The successful nominee must also be available to receive the award in person at SALT’s celebration.

Past Great Teacher Honorees, starting with the most recent: Frank Askin, Susan Bryant and Jean Koh Peters, Martha Mahoney, Holly Maguigan, Margaret Montoya, Keith Aoki, Phoebe Haddon, Francisco Valdés, Steve Wizner, Fran Ansley, Stephanie Wildman, Eric Yamamoto, Howard Glickstein, Bill Quigley, Charles Lawrence & Mari Matsuda, SALT Founders, Sylvia Law, Marjorie M. Schultz, Anthony Amsterdam, Jim Jones, W. Hayward Burns, Barbara Aldave, Trina Grillo, Norman Dorsen, Cruz Reynoso, Mary Jo Frug, Marilyn Yarborough, Rhonda Rivera, University of Wisconsin Law School, Howard Lesnick, Barbara Babcock, Clinton Bamberger, CUNY Law School, Derrick Bell, Herma Hill Kay, Charles Black, Arthur Leff, Harry Edwards, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Rennard Strickland, Thomas Emerson, Charles Miller, David Cavers.