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

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 »

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 »

SALT Co-Sponsors B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Event with Elon Law

SALT promotes social justice in the teaching and practice of law, including pipeline work to support and encourage people of color and others from marginalized communities to enter law school, law practice and law teaching.  On April 9, 2016, SALT collaborated with students, faculty and staff at Elon University School of Law in Greensboro, North Carolina, to host a B.A. to J.D. Pipeline Event focusing on intercultural competence and education.  Students from local high schools and community colleges were among those invited to attend.  The event included panels on The Law School Journey, Professionalism and Intercultural Engagement, and Tips and Strategies for Applying to Law School.  Former SALT Co-President Olympia Duhart (Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law)... Continue »

SALT Breaking-In Event For New Law Teachers at 2016 Annual SE/SW People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference

A SALT-sponsored pipeline (“breaking-in”) workshop for new law teachers was held on February 25, 2016, in conjunction with the 2016 Annual Southeast-Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law in Orlando, Florida from February 26 -27, 2016. The theme of this year’s conference was “Power and Authority in Promoting Justice for All.” There were sixty-five attendees to the conference, which included twenty-five students.  Topics ranged from “Conceptualizing Islamophobia, Extremism, Radicalism and Terrorism” to “Teaching Social Justice in the Law Curriculum.” The panels at the SALT breaking in event were entitled “So You Think You Want to Be an Administrator,” “How to Navigate the World with Your Law Degree,” and “Shark Tank:... Continue »

PARC Faculty Development Seminar

PARC is pleased to announce its seventh annual Faculty Development Seminar (FDS). This 12-day intensive travel seminar is for U.S. faculty members with a demonstrated interest in, but little travel experience to, Palestine. Professor from all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Applications are due January 11, 2016. For more details about the FDS, please see our website:

Teaching Opportunity at Port Au Prince, Haiti

Daly Quigley letter to American Law Professors (1) To: Law Professors Interested in International Social Justice From: Erin Daly, Widener University Delaware Law School, Bill Quigley, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Dear Colleagues: We write to invite you to participate in an exciting experience — to share some of your knowledge with Haitian law students at the Université de la Fondation Dr Aristide (UNIFA) in Port au Prince, Haiti. Both of us have had the privilege of working here at UNIFA. Erin Daly is responsible for Institutional Development during this academic year; Bill Quigley taught a short seminar on Social Justice Law. Other faculty members from American law schools have also taught at UNIFA in the past few years. Courses can range from one-day seminars to multi-week or… Continue »

Unwarranted Warrants in Baltimore

In this holy day season of Light, Hope, and “good will toward all humanity,” we join together to trumpet our support for the proposal put forth by Professor Doug Colbert’s University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law students in their op-ed piece in the Baltimore Sun (“Unwarranted Warrants in Baltimore,” Thursday, December 10, 2015).   The idea of a “Warrant Forgiveness Program,” that allows for the one-time re-scheduling of court appearances for failure to appear may not solve all the problems of our criminal justice system, but can serve as a spark of light and hope for some who must navigate the system.  This program will serve the guiding principle of “harm reduction,” rooted in our values of justice and forgiveness, and will allow offenders to meet their… Continue »

SALT Cover Workshop Explores Race Relations on Campus, Jan. 9 in NYC

  Faiza Patel Co-Director of the Liberty & National Security Program Brennan Center   Amna A. Akbar Assistant Professor of Law Ohio State   Katherine Demby, 3L Yale Law School   Victor Goode Associate Professor of Law CUNY   Moderator: Steve Bender Associate Dean & Professor of Law, Seattle University   Hosted by: Fordham Law School 150 West 62nd Street New York, NY 10023 Costantino B Room 12:30-2:30 p.m. Reception to follow Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 Please RSVP at Continue »

The Fishing Expedition Continues: Will There Be A Fisher III?

By Vinay Harpalani Savannah Law School On Wednesday, December 9, for the second time, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. The question in Fisher II is the exactly the same it was in Fisher I: does the University of Texas at Austin (UT) need to use a race-conscious admissions policy to achieve the educational benefits of diversity, in addition to Texas’s facially race neutral Top Ten Percent plan which automatically admits 80 percent of UT’s incoming class? Previously, I contended that the entire Fisher case is a fishing expedition—an unwarranted attack on race-conscious admissions by Abigail Fisher, and a fruitless effort by the Court to address matters that are insoluble,... Continue »