SALT Endorses LWI Best Practices for Security of Position for 405(c) Faculty

SALT has repeatedly expressed its commitment to a policy of full citizenship for all law faculty. No justification exists for subordinating one group of law faculty to another based on the nature of the course, the subject matter, or the teaching matter. To the contrary, all full-time law faculty should have the opportunity to achieve academic freedom, security of position and governance rights. Making artificial distinctions between doctrinal, clinical and legal writing faculty undermines the legal education mission; removing faculty hierarchies is important to ensuring adequate curricular attention to doctrine, skills, and values. Moreover, security of position is a commitment of a law school to allow a critical range of inquiry and experimentation to full-time faculty who have dedicated... 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: Registration: FREE. Online... Continue »

SALT Announces Nominees to Board of Governors Copy

  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

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

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

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

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 »