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SALT Names 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award Winner

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SALT proudly announces that Professor Vinay Harpalani is the 2016 Junior Faculty Teaching Award Winner.  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 of commitment to social justice, diversity,... Continue »

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

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  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 »

SALT Announces Co-Presidents Elect, Nominees to Board of Governors Copy

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  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 »

Vote in Election of 2017 Board Nominees

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SALT is proud to announce the slate of nominees for election or re-election to the SALT Board of Governors for three-year terms beginning January 1, 2017.  The nominees will be presented  for consideration as a slate at the SALT Annual Member Meeting, to be held in conjunction with the 2016 SALT Teaching Conference, at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.  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... Continue »

Statement Against Racial Violence

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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 »

Call for 2017 Dinner Awards Nominations

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SALT 2017 GREAT TEACHER AWARD AND M. SHANARA GILBERT HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD  SALT holds an annual dinner each year during the January AALS meeting. Mark your calendars: This year the dinner will be on Friday, January 6, 2017, at a location TBA in San Francisco. A highlight of the dinner is the presentation of SALTʹs Great Teacher Award and the M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award. SALT invites you to submit a nomination for one or both of these awards.  Award criteria and past awardees are listed below.  Current members of the SALT Board of Governors are not eligible for nomination. If you would like to make a nomination, please submit the name of the person or organization and... Continue »

Call for Nominations for Junior Faculty Teaching Award

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Pictured, 2015 Award winner Justin Hansford. The Society of American Law Teachers seeks nominations for the Junior Faculty Teaching Award, to be given in 2016 during the SALT Teaching Conference in Chicago on September 30-October 1. The award recognizes an outstanding recent entrant (seven years or fewer) into legal education who demonstrates a commitment to justice, equality and academic excellence through his or her teaching. This award is designed to honor all faculty, including clinical, legal research and writing, librarian and doctrinal teachers. Eligibility and Selection Criteria To be considered for the Junior Faculty Teaching Award, applicants must be: • Full-time faculty members with no more than seven years of teaching in the law school setting • Involved in the teaching and advising of students at the... Continue »

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

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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 »

The Fishing Expedition is Over: Victory for Affirmative Action in Fisher v. Texas!

Vinay Harpalani, J.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Law Savannah Law School Thursday’s decision in Fisher v. Texas II came down exactly 13 years to the day after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger—which created the basic legal framework for affirmative action in university admissions.  And more than eight years after Abigail Fisher filed her lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin (UT), alleging that its race-conscious admissions policy was unconstitutional, the case is finally over—she lost.  Fisher was truly a fishing expedition: a weak case that went to the Supreme Court once before, only to be remanded to the Fifth Circuit and then reargued before the Court.  The one issue that Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion and Justice Samuel Alito’s dissent agreed upon was that… Continue »

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

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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 »