2022 SALT Teaching Conference, in partnership with the LatCrit-SALT-ClassCrits Junior Faculty Development Workshop
Rest & Resistance:
Preserving Our Democracy while Protecting Our Peace
Friday and Saturday, October 14 -15, 2022
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
“Rest is reparations, an act of freedom and willful resistance.”
– National Equity Project
“Resistance is a powerful motivator precisely because it enables us to fulfill our longing to achieve our goals while letting us boldly recognize and name the obstacles to those achievements.”
– Derrick Bell
Society has experienced so much in the last two years—a global health pandemic, ongoing attacks against Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American and Pacific Islander, and other marginalized communities, and deterioration of our democracy and constitutional rights. To overcome these challenges, we must reinforce the pillars of Rest & Resistance as bedrock to the fight for justice. The 2022 SALT Teaching Conference will provide an opportunity for academics and activists to explore these pillars as a framework for self-care and social justice, with the strategies, support, and resources necessary for faculty, students, and lawyers to rest and resist within a culture of systemic injustice.
Resistance: As progressive legal educators, we are charged with teaching the law, not just as it is, but also as it should be. Yet we confront this charge at a time when members of the government and judiciary are eroding the law to advance their own interests at the expense of justice—racial justice, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights, voting rights, environmental justice, and more. How do we teach “law” in this climate while resisting injustice and helping our students and communities to envision what the law can and should be for all?
Rest: A recurring tactic of oppression is to overwhelm and exhaust resistance, so that injustice is normalized. By contrast, justice thrives with tenderness and empathy, even in resistance. To prepare lawyers to sustain this resistance, we must guide them in how to sustain themselves and each other for this work with self-care of mind, body, family, and community. And to guide others, we must start with ourselves. How should principles of rest be incorporated into legal education as a systemic foundation to resistance?
This conference will provide participants with diverse opportunities to engage in broad, substantive, and supportive discussions about these twin pillars of rest and resistance for confronting injustice. Presentation topics could include, but are not limited to:
• Techniques to incorporate historical and theoretical perspectives into the law school curriculum as a tool to strengthen student critical thinking about the role of law and social justice advocacy.
• Innovative methods to teach mindful lawyering in legal education and tools to support law students and new lawyers in developing self-care and balance in legal practice.
• Proposals for cultivating community-lawyering efforts between law schools and social justice groups as a pedagogical priority.
• Interprofessional approaches to social justice advocacy.
• Best practices to disrupt racist and ableist constructs of legal education to support students and faculty with diverse learning methods.
We welcome related topics and encourage a variety of session formats. Please be advised that proposals may be combined where appropriate.
Submit your proposals via google form by 11:59pm Pacific Time on July 18, 2022.
Members of the SALT Teaching Conference Committee include: Brooks Holland, Conference Chair (Gonzaga), Tiffany Atkins (Elon), Natalie Chin (CUNY), Margaret Hahn-Dupont (Northeastern), Hugh Mundy (University of Illinois Chicago), Steven Ramirez (Loyola Chicago), James Wilets (Nova Southeastern), and Danielle Wingfield-Smith (Richmond). Please share information about the Teaching Conference with your colleagues, particularly new and junior faculty, who are not yet members of SALT. Visit www.saltlaw.org for additional details.
The LatCrit, Inc./SALT/ClassCrits Junior Faculty Development Workshop (FDW) will take place on October 13, 2022, immediately preceding the SALT Teaching Conference. The FDW is designed for critical, progressive, and social justice oriented pre-tenure professors, including clinicians and legal writing professors, as well as those who may be contemplating a career in law teaching. The FDW is designed to familiarize junior faculty with LatCrit, SALT, and ClassCrits principles and values and support them in the scholarship, teaching, and service aspects of professional success.