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Society of American Law Teachers photo by ENLACE Student Albert Matos

Photo by ENLACE Student Albert Matos

SALT’s committees examine critical issues facing the legal academy and profession: academic freedom, equal opportunity, issues in legal education (who is admitted to law school, what is taught, and who is teaching), LGBT, and human rights to name a few. We encourage you to reach out to a committee chair if you are interested in current committee affairs to get involved.

Check Out A Few SALT Highlights From 2014

SALT had another productive year as we continued to work on issues central to our core mission: diversity, justice and academic excellence. We want to thank all the Board members, SALT members and institutions who contributed their time, energy and resources to SALT’s efforts. SALT is a member-supported, all volunteer organization. None of this work would be possible without your passion and dedication. Over the past year, we were very proud to take up many important projects:

  • In January, SALT honored Professor Holly Maguigan with its Great Teacher Award and Professor Florence Roisman with the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award during its Annual Dinner at New York University.
  • In February, SALT co-sponsored the “Breaking In” for new law teachers and administrators in conjunction with the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas.
  • In April, SALT was served as one of the sponsors for the Title VII at 50 academic conference held in New York. The conference was hosted by St. John’s Law Review, the Journal for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the St. John’s Journal of International and Comparative Law, the NYU Center for Labor and Employment Law, the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development, the St. John’s Center for Labor and Employment Law, and the St. John’s Center of International and Comparative Law. The symposium featured speakers who examined the past, present and future of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • SALT continued its engagement with issues in legal education.  We attended and participated in ABA Standards and Review Committee and American Bar Association Council meetings throughout the year. We submitted statements on proposed changes to the standards related to tenure, affirmative action, bar passage, school finances, externships, and pro bono requirements.  In November 2014, SALT called on the New York Bar to study the possible racially disparate impact of adopting the Uniform Bar Exam.
  • In March, SALT sponsored a B.A. to J.D. Pipeline program at Denver University School of Law. We want to thank all of our pipeline schools and their dedicated faculty and staff for their support and efforts on SALT’s behalf.
  • SALT was invited to speak about the importance of diversity in law schools and the legal profession at the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors, in Denver.
  • SALT denounced the United States Supreme Court decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, decided April 22, 2014.  With the pro bono help of global law firm Crowell and Moring, SALT filed an amicus brief in support of the respondents.
  • The Norman Amaker, Trino Grillo, and Robert Cover social justice retreats provided a unique opportunity for public interest and social justice-oriented law students, faculty, and practitioners to exchange viewpoints, explore career opportunities, and formulate strategies for social justice.
  • SALT utilized its UN Consultative Status by participating in international issues that advance our core mission. SALT submitted a Short Primer on U.S. Federalism and a Report on Racial Discrimination in the Legal Profession in response to the Periodic Report of the United States of June 12, 2013 to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. SALT partnered with the U.S. Human Rights Network in this effort.
  • In September, SALT issued a statement on the case of Professor Steven Salaita addressing the importance of the First Amendment, academic freedom and shared governance in the university setting.
  • In September, along with host Seattle University School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law, SALT sponsored the Diversity in Law School Leadership Conference.
  • SALT co-sponsored the Twelfth Annual SALT-LatCrit Junior Faculty Development Workshop in October 2014 at UNLV.
  • In October, SALT hosted the SALT Teaching Conference at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s conference was Legal Education in a Time of Change: Challenges and Opportunities. At the conference, SALT presented its inaugural Junior Faculty Law Teaching Award to Professor Margaret Kwoka.
  • SALT issued its Annual Salary Survey.
  • The SALT Blog continues to thrive with law professors writing on significant issues ranging from the cost of legal education to the significance of diversity in the classroom.
  • SALT completed copy on its upcoming publication, Choosing the Right Law School for You: A Consumer Guide for the Social Justice-Minded Law Student. The book will launch in electronic format in the summer of 2015.
  • SALT continues to update SALTLAW.ORG with greater capacity and security, with a new look and planned expansion over the next year.
  • In November, SALT issued a statement calling on officials to uphold the rule of law in relation to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
  • At its October 2014 meeting, the SALT Board of Governors passed a resolution in honor of Professor Pamela Bridgewater (American).
  • At the October 2014 SALT Annual Meeting, SALT members elected three new nominees to the Board of Governors: Professors Davida Finger (Loyola New Orleans), Professors Nareissa Smith (North Carolina Central) and James Wilets (Nova).  Four members of the Board were reelected at the meeting:  Professors Emily Benfer (Loyola Chicago), Benjamin Davis (Toledo), Sara Rankin (Seattle) and SpearIt (Texas Southern).  In April 2014, the Board appointed two new members:  Dean Mary Lu Bilek (Massachusetts-Dartmouth) and Professor Alexi Freeman (Denver).