Legal Education

SALT Endorses LWI Best Practices for Security of Position for 405(c) Faculty

SALT has repeatedly expressed its commitment to a policy of full citizenship for all law faculty. No justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another based on the nature of the course, the subject matter, or the teaching matter. To the contrary, all full-time law faculty should have the opportunity to achieve academic freedom, security of position and governance rights. Making artificial distinctions between doctrinal, clinical and legal writing faculty undermines the legal education mission; removing faculty hierarchies is important to ensuring adequate curricular attention to doctrine, skills, and values. Moreover, security of position is a commitment of a law school to allow a critical range of inquiry and experimentation to full-time faculty who have dedicated... Continue »

SALT Names 2017 Great Teacher, Human Rights, and Lifetime Achievement Honorees

At its upcoming Annual Dinner to be held on January 6, 2017, in San Francisco, SALT will honor three champions of justice, diversity and teaching excellence.  The Great Teacher Award recognizes Professor Frank Askin of Rutgers Law School, a SALT founding member, for his longstanding, tireless defense of civil liberties and his work mentoring and training a new generation of civil rights lawyers.  The M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award recognizes Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area, for her courageous work to promote justice and mutual understanding through community organizing and civil rights advocacy.   A special Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School Professor and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race... Continue »

SALT Announces Nominees to Board of Governors Copy

  SALT is proud to announce the following Nominees to the Board of Governors.  The Nominees will be presented as a slate at the Annual Members’ Meeting to be held at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with the 2016 SALT Teaching Conference. Elected Board members start their three-year terms on January 1, 2017.  SALT members are encouraged to attend the meeting in person or to vote by proxy by submitting an online proxy form. You must be a member in good standing of SALT at the time of the meeting or at the time you submit a proxy.  If you are unsure of your membership status, please... Continue »

SALT Urges ABA Council to Address Unanswered Questions Before Revising Bar Passage Standard

SALT Comments on Proposed Standard 316 Revisions While the proposed standard’s simplicity has appeal, unanswered questions remain about how the standard will work, especially in view of the recent worrying declines in the rate of bar passage in many states and for many schools. We urge the Council to consider the questions we raise below before adopting the standard to ensure it works fairly and appropriately. As we also note, we continue to have fundamental concerns about the limitations of the current system of licensing lawyers through the bar exam and the unfortunate ways in which Standard 316 affects law school admissions and pedagogy. Removing the flexibility in the current standard may well exacerbate those problems. We urge the... Continue »

LWI Best Practices for Security of Position for 405(c) Faculty

SALT has repeatedly expressed its commitment to a policy of full citizenship for all law faculty. No justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another based on the nature of the course, the subject matter, or the teaching matter. To the contrary, all full-time law faculty should have the opportunity to achieve academic freedom, security of position and governance rights. Making artificial distinctions between doctrinal, clinical and legal writing faculty undermines the legal education mission; removing faculty hierarchies is important to ensuring adequate curricular attention to doctrine, skills, and values. Moreover, security of position is a commitment of a law school to allow a critical range of inquiry and experimentation to full-time faculty who have dedicated... Continue »

SALT Co-Sponsors B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Event with Elon Law

SALT promotes social justice in the teaching and practice of law, including pipeline work to support and encourage people of color and others from marginalized communities to enter law school, law practice and law teaching.  On April 9, 2016, SALT collaborated with students, faculty and staff at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, to host a B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Event focusing on intercultural competence and education.  Students from local high schools and community colleges were among those invited to attend.  The event included panels on The Law School Journey, Professionalism and Intercultural Engagement, and Tips and Strategies for Applying to Law School.  Former SALT Co-President Olympia Duhart (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)... Continue »

The Fishing Expedition Continues: Will There Be A Fisher III?

By Vinay Harpalani Savannah Law School On Wednesday, December 9, for the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The question in Fisher II is the exactly the same it was in Fisher I: does the University of Texas at Austin (UT) need to use a race-conscious admissions policy to achieve the educational benefits of diversity, in addition to Texas’s facially race neutral Top Ten Percent plan which automatically admits 80 percent of UT’s incoming class? Previously, I contended that the entire Fisher case is a fishing expedition—an unwarranted attack on race-conscious admissions by Abigail Fisher, and a fruitless effort by the Court to address matters that are insoluble,... Continue »

SALT Condemns Harvard Law School Hate Crime and Racially Hostile Learning Environments Across the Country

Nov. 24, 2015 We are witnessing an alarming trend across the nation, where overt acts of racism and dismissive responses to racist conduct continue to plague institutions of higher learning. As officials launch an investigation over last week’s hate crime incident at Harvard Law School, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) condemns this and other attacks against diversity in legal education.  On November 18, 2015, the portraits of African American Harvard Law Professors that line the walls at the school were defaced with black tape across their images. The incident happened a day after students from Harvard and nearby schools participated in demonstrations to show support for Black activists on campuses nationwide. But the Harvard incident is just one... Continue »