Call for 2017 Dinner Awards Nominations

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SALT holds an annual dinner each year during the January AALS meeting. Mark your calendars: This year the dinner will be on Friday, January 6, 2017, at a location TBA in San Francisco.

A highlight of the dinner is the presentation of SALTʹs Great Teacher Award and the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award. SALT invites you to submit a nomination for one or both of these awards.  Award criteria and past awardees are listed below.  Current members of the SALT Board of Governors are not eligible for nomination.

If you would like to make a nomination, please submit the name of the person or organization and a 1‑2 page statement supporting the nomination, along with the name of the award. The statement should explain why the person or organization deserves the award, including how they have contributed to the mission of SALT. 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 or call (702) 983-9845.

Please submit all nominations by August 1, 2016, to

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

2017 SALT Great Teacher Award: The Great Teacher Award recognizes individuals or institutions that have made especially important contributions to teaching, legal education, and mentoring.

The following is a list of previous recipients of the Great Teacher award, starting with the most recent: 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.

M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award: SALT recognizes the contributions of activists whose passion for social justice has driven their lives. The M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award is named after a CUNY Law School professor who dedicated her life to equality, equity, and justice. She was killed at the age of 45, along with Haywood Burns, in a car accident while visiting South Africa. In her memory, SALT honors those who believe in fighting for a better world. The Award is not bestowed annually, but when there is an exceptional person or institution whose struggle for human rights requires recognition from our community.

Past M. Shanara Gilbert Honorees, starting with the most recent: Sherrilyn Ifill (2016); Hope Lewis (2015); Florence Roisman (2014); Norris Henderson (2013); Prison Law Office (2011); Rhonda Copelon (2009); Jennifer Harbury and Sister Dianna Ortiz (2008); Joshua Rosenkranz (2007); David Cole and Center for Constitutional Rights (2006); Eva Patterson (2005); Congressman John Lewis (2004); Steven Bright and Bryan Stevenson (2003); Honorable Barney Frank (2000); Dr. Jesse N. Stone, Jr. (1999); and M. Shanara Gilbert (1997).