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An Urgent Time to Fight for Human Rights

SALT Statement on Human Rights Day December 10, 2016 The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), a community of progressive law teachers working for justice, diversity, and academic excellence, is committed to respect for the rule of law, to an inclusive society, and to social justice. SALT’s current human rights agenda focuses on many critical issues, such as affirmative action, academic freedom, LGBTQ rights, immigrant rights, institutional racism, inequality, and the treatment of prisoners. This Human Rights Day, SALT reaffirms its commitment to defending and securing the humanity, dignity, and rights of all people. We join with others across the political spectrum to express grave concerns about the future of civil, constitutional, and human rights under the administration of... Continue »

SALT Joins Amicus Brief with the NY Court of Appeals Addressing Color Discrimination in Jury Selection

On October 20, 2016, SALT joined the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality (Korematsu Center), 18 other bar associations and non-profit organizations, and 32 law school professors in filing an amicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals, urging the Court to recognize that excluding an individual from jury service based on the color of her skin violates the Equal Protection Clause of the United States and New York Constitutions. The United States Supreme Court held in the seminal case Batson v. Kentucky that a prosecutor who exercises a peremptory strike raising an inference of racial discrimination must provide a neutral explanation for the strike. 476 U.S. 79, 97 (1986). In the case before the New... Continue »

Members Approve 2017 Board Nominees

SALT members approved the slate of board nominees beginning terms on January 1, 2017, at the SALT Annual Member Meeting on September 30. New board members are Allyson Gold, Loyola Chicago; Vinay Harpalani, Savannah; Hugh Mundy, John Marshall, and Sean Scott, Loyola Los Angeles. Returning board members are Claudia Angelos, NYU; Doug Colbert, Maryland; Brooks Holland, Gonzaga; Colleen Shanahan, Temple; and Kaimi Wenger, Thomas Jefferson. Read on for statements of interest in serving on SALT Board of Governors: Claudia Angelos, Clinical Professor of Law, NYU School of Law (returning) The three years since I joined SALT’s Board of Governors have flown by. I share SALT’s values and its goals and would be privileged to continue for another term. Since... 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 Honors 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award Winner

SALT proudly recognized Professor Vinay Harpalani as the 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award winner at its Teaching Conference reception on September 30.  The award recognizes an outstanding recent entrant into legal education who demonstrates a commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence. It is designed to honor an emerging teacher and support an outstanding individual new to the legal academy. This award also recognizes law teachers who exemplify SALT values though SALT membership and participation in SALT activities. The award will be given at the SALT Annual Members Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the SALT Teaching Conference, at The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, on September 30, 6:15 p.m. Professor Harpalani was selected from a field of highly deserving nominees for his outstanding record... Continue »

Promoting Diversity in Law Teaching: Breaking in/Staying in Legal Academia

  Event to be held on September 28, 2016, 2-7 p.m., at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  Click here for event page. This is a program for anyone considering a position in law school teaching or administration. We welcome students thinking about a future career in the academy, practitioners considering a transition or foray into adjunct teaching and those contemplating a post in law school leadership. This program will offer hands-on practical advice to people who are considering a move into teaching or administration at a law school. Current faculty members considering a post in law school administration should attend. Members from underrepresented groups in the academy are especially welcome. PLEASE REGISTER ONLINE AT: http://breaking-in.eventbrite.com Registration: FREE. Online... Continue »

Statement Against Racial Violence

The Society of American Law Teachers, Inc. (SALT) and Latino & Latina Critical Legal Theory, Inc. (LatCrit, Inc.) offer the statement posted below in the wake of the recent tragic events in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas.  In light of the critical role legal educators play in seeking and securing racial justice, SALT and LatCrit invite organizations and individuals associated with legal education to join us.  Please review the statement, sign on, and circulate widely. SALT/LatCrit Statement: Speaking Out Against Racial Violence Sign on to the Statement! To further advance our collective work, please join us at the 2016 SALT Teaching Conference & LatCrit, Inc./SALT Tenth Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop in Chicago, Illinois (Sept. 29-Oct. 1).  The teaching conference... Continue »

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with University (and SALT!) in Fisher v. Texas Decision Upholding Race-Conscious Admissions Policy

US Sup Ct Fisher Decision 6-23-16 SALT’s Amicus Brief in Fisher v. Texas The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) has a deep and longstanding commitment to racial diversity and equity in higher education.  In one of its most recent efforts, SALT filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II, defending the University’s race-conscious admissions policy.  Fisher II was decided on June 23, 2016, and the High Court upheld the policy as a means to achieve diversity in higher education. SALT’s amicus effort involved a number of scholars and advocates, all of whom brought different perspectives that shaped the amicus brief.  Lawyers from Morrison & Foerster LLP–Marc Hearron, David Cross, and... 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 »