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ClassCrits Call for Papers/Conference Nov 2 & 3, 2018 at W. Virginia Univ. College of Law in Morgantown

We invite panel proposals and paper presentations that speak to this year’s theme of “economic hope, power and justice,” as well as to general ClassCrits themes. More information is available here including logistics and fees. In addition, we extend a special invitation to junior scholars (i.e., graduate students or any non-tenured faculty member) to submit proposals for works in progress. A senior scholar as well as other scholars will comment upon each work in progress in a small, supportive working session. We invite panel proposals and paper presentations that speak to this year’s theme of “economic hope, power and justice,” as well as to general ClassCrits themes. See the following page for details. In addition, we extend a special invitation to junior scholars (i.e., graduate students or any non-tenured faculty… Continue »

Why We Punish: Lessons in Indeterminacy by SpearIt

In the adjudication of criminal law, judges tend to agree upon the elements that make up a given crime, but are less certain about exactly which element the law seeks to punish. For example, in child pornography possession statutes, it is difficult to determine the underlying transgression that is targeted by the punishment. Is it the act of possessing the images that is blameworthy or is there something else? And if so, what? Does the law actually seek to punish certain thoughts that the images engender – particularly to steer people away from thinking about children in a certain way? The closer one looks, the more one might suspect that the law is punishing thoughts about certain images. From this perspective, the crime of possession takes the shape of a… Continue »

SALT celebrates at 2018 Annual Event!

SALT celebrated the 2018 annual event with the the Great Teacher award, the Shanara Gilbert Human Rights award, and Junior Faculty Teaching awards.  And we had a great time celebrating together! More photos from the event posted here. Continue »

SALT Honors 2017 Junior Faculty Teaching Award Winners

Join us in honoring  Professor Katie Eyer and Professor Lua Yuille at the SALT Annual Awards Celebration! on January 5, 2018 in San Diego   SALT is proud to recognize Associate Professor Katie Eyer (Rutgers) and Associate Professor Lua Yuille (University of Kansas) as its 2017 Junior Faculty Teaching Award winners. The award recognizes outstanding recent entrants into legal education who demonstrate commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence. It is designed to honor emerging teachers and support outstanding individuals new to the legal academy. This award also recognizes law teachers who exemplify SALT values though SALT membership and participation in SALT activities. The awards will be presented during SALT’s Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, January 5, 2018, at California Western... Continue »

SALT Names 2018 Great Teacher and Human Rights Honorees

Join us for the SALT Annual Awards Celebration! Friday evening, January 5, 2018  Click here for details, including tickets, sponsorships, and journal ads.   At its upcoming Annual Awards Celebration to be held on January 5, 2018, in San Diego, SALT will honor two champions of justice, diversity and teaching excellence. Professor Jeffrey Selbin of Berkeley Law will receive the 2018 SALT Great Teacher Award. Professor Robert S. Chang and the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality will receive the 2018 M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award (details below). We are revamping the SALT Annual Dinner to increase interaction and fun! The 2018 SALT Annual Awards Celebration will feature presentations by the Great Teacher and M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights awardees along... Continue »

Why Problems in Prison Should Matter to Us All

By SpearIt, Ph.D., J.D., Thurgood Marshall School of Law Commenting on his book, American Prisons: A Critical Primer on Culture and Conversion to Islam. In recent decades, the United States has been under a “lock ’em up and throw away the key” mentality when it comes to imprisonment. The U. S. Supreme Court has left the question of prison sentencing to the near-complete discretion of legislatures, while placing little constitutional constraint on how long inmates can be held in solitary confinement.  This hands-off approach by the Court runs parallel to federal and state lawmaking that has ratcheted prison sentences upwards-only, making criminal sentencing in America something of a runaway train. While American criminal justice doles out some of the harshest prison sentences in the world, there are a host of… Continue »

SALT issues Statement Opposing Threatened Limitation on UNC’s Center for Civil Rights Participation in Litigation

August 14, 2017 STATEMENT OF THE SOCIETY OF AMERICAN LAW TEACHERS ON THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA (UNC) CENTER FOR CIVIL RIGHTS The Society of American Law Teachers, founded more than 40 years ago, is a national organization with members at law schools throughout the United States. SALT is committed to diversity, justice, and academic excellence. Consistent with these values, SALT strongly supports legal education that offers experiential learning opportunities for students, allows curricular decisions free from political influence, and vigorously protects faculty members’ academic freedom. Like teachers, scholars, students, and community-based organizations around the country, SALT condemns recent efforts by university governing bodies, state legislatures, and corporate interests to influence curricular offerings at colleges and universities and to restrict the ability of law schools to provide students with meaningful… Continue »

SALT Announces Co-Presidents Elect, Nominees to Board of Governors

  SALT is proud to announce the selection of Co-Presidents Elect and nominees to the Board of Governors.  Their photos and statements of interest are set out below.  The Board nominees will be presented as a slate at the SALT Annual Member Meeting to be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice, 540 Broadway Street, New Orleans, LA 70118.  The Co-Presidents Elect will serve two-year terms starting on January 1, 2018, and elected Board members will begin three-year terms on the same date. SALT members may submit additional Board of Governors nominations.  The additional nominations must (1) be made no... Continue »

Farewell to SALT Founder and Civil Rights Giant Norman Dorsen

In memoriam: Norman Dorsen (1930-2017) Founder of SALT, NYU School of Law Legend, Former General Counsel and President of the Board of the ACLU, Civil Liberties Giant, Social Justice Visionary, and Friend   The Founding of SALT by Norman Dorsen, Michael Rooke-Ley, and Joyce Saltalamacchia   2008 SALT Tribute to Norman Dorsen Thirty-five years ago, Norman Dorsen created the Society of American Law Teachers, dedicated to justice, equality, excellence and academic freedom. He appreciated that law teachers could act and speak more boldly than law schools. He also understood that an organization should include, not just professors, but the many professionals who make significant contributions to legal education without the title of professor. Plus the acronym—SALT—is cool! In creating... Continue »