Get Involved in SALT Standing Committees
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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 2016
In 2016, SALT continued its passionate work on issues central to our core missions: diversity, justice and academic excellence. Thank you to all the Board members, SALT members, friends, and institutions who contributed 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 commitment and dedication.
- At its January 8 Annual Dinner in New York City, SALT honored Professors Jean Koh Peters (Yale) and Sue Bryant (CUNY) as co-awardees of its Great Teacher Award and NAACP-LDF President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill with the Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award.
- On January 9, SALT held its annual Cover Workshop at Fordham Law School in New York City on the topic “Race Matters: Creative Entry Points for Impacting Race Relations on Campus.”
- On February 25 and September 28, SALT co-sponsored “Breaking In” Events. These events offer hands-on practical advice to people considering a move into law school teaching or administration and are particularly designed to encourage and support people from marginalized groups entering the academy.
- SALT continued its engagement with issues in legal education, participating in meetings and hearings of ABA Council on Legal Education and its Standards Review Committee. SALT submitted statements and testimony on proposed changes to the Standards related to non-discrimination, affirmative action, bar passage, and externships.
- On April 9, SALT collaborated with students, faculty and staff at Elon University School of Law to host a A. to J.D. Pipeline Event focusing on intercultural competence and education.
- SALT sponsored the Norman Amaker (Chicago), Trina Grillo (Las Vegas), Robert Cover (New Hampshire), and Rocky Mountain (Denver) social justice retreats, which 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.
- On June 23, the S. Supreme Court sided with the University of Texas and amicus curiae SALT in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin II, upholding the University’s race-conscious admissions policy as a means to achieve diversity in higher education.
- On July 12, SALT and LatCrit issued a statement “Speaking Out Against Racial Violence” in the wake of the tragic shootings in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas, and calling on legal educators to re-commit to seeking and securing racial justice.
- On August 12 & 13, SALT, with UW Law and Seattle Law, cosponsored the biennial workshop Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership in Seattle, WA, to encourage members of underrepresented groups to pursue deanships and other university and law school leadership positions.
- On September 29, SALT co-sponsored the Fourteenth Annual SALT-LatCrit Junior Faculty Development Workshop at JMLS in Chicago, IL. FDW workshops aim to cultivate a community of scholars interested in the continuation of promoting social justice.
- On September 29 and 30, SALT held its biennial Teaching Conference, From the Classroom to the Community: Teaching and Advancing Social Justice, at JMLS in Chicago, IL. Plenary and keynote sessions focused on how law faculty and law schools can help combat racialized violence.
- At the October 2016 Annual Members Meeting, SALT recognized Professor Vinay Harpalani (Savannah) as the 2016 Recipient of the SALT Junior Faculty Teaching Award.
- Also at the Annual Members Meeting, the following new members were elected to the SALT Board of Governors: Allyson Gold (Loyola Chicago), Vinay Harpalani (Savannah), Hugh Mundy (JMLS), and Sean Scott (Loyala Los Angeles). The following Board members were re-elected: Claudia Angelos (NYU), Doug Colbert (Maryland), Brooks Holland (Gonzaga), Colleen Shanahan (Temple), and Kaimi Wenger (Thomas Jefferson).
- In October, SALT launched the inaugural SALT Student Advisory Council (SSAC), an important step toward systematizing our efforts to engage with students in ways that will be meaningful to students, as well as to SALT’s members, board, and mission. The pilot SSAC is made up of students nominated by SALT Board Members.
- On October 20, SALT—with the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, 18 other bar associations and non-profit organizations, and 32 law school professors—joined in filing anamicus brief with the New York Court of Appeals in People v. Bridgeforth. On December 22, the court sided with SALT and fellow amici in recognizing 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.
- SALT issued its Annual Salary Survey.
- On December 10, SALT issued a Statement on Human Rights Day reaffirming its commitment to defending the humanity, dignity, and rights of all people and expressing grave concerns about the future of civil, constitutional, and human rights under the administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
- In 2016, the SALT Board of Governors mourned the passing of former board member Hope Lewis (Northeastern), who was also awarded the 2015 SALT M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award.