SALT Condemns Harvard Law School Hate Crime and Racially Hostile Learning Environments Across the Country

Nov. 24, 2015 We are witnessing an alarming trend across the nation, where overt acts of racism and dismissive responses to racist conduct continue to plague institutions of higher learning. As officials launch an investigation over last week’s hate crime incident at Harvard Law School, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) condemns this and other attacks against diversity in legal education.  On November 18, 2015, the portraits of African American Harvard Law Professors that line the walls at the school were defaced with black tape across their images. The incident happened a day after students from Harvard and nearby schools participated in demonstrations to show support for Black activists on campuses nationwide. But the Harvard incident is just one... Continue »

SALT Co-Sponsors BA to JD Pipeline Event at Villanova

Villanova Law School will co-host a pipeline conference with The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) on Friday, November 13, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The conference will include thought-provoking discussions with lawyers and advocates on the obstacles that marginalized communities face in accessing and succeeding in the legal field. Breakout sessions will allow current lawyers and law school graduates the opportunity to earn five CLE credits towards their continuing professional development for the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board. The event seeks to attract local high school, college, and law school students, administrators and faculty as well as practitioners, lawyers, public interest officials, social justice advocates, and community members. The main objectives are to: Identify, discuss, and... Continue »

SALT Files Amicus Brief in Fisher v. Texas Supporting University Diversity Efforts

14-981 bsac Society of Am Law Teachers Nov. 6, 2015 — The Society of American Law Teachers (“SALT”) has filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus curiae) brief in support of the respondents in the United States Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin.  The brief was completed and filed thanks to the pro bono help of the international law firm Morrison & Foerster and SALT members who formed a committee to work on the brief. In the Fisher case, undergraduate student Abigail Fisher was denied admission into the University of Texas at Austin. Fisher, a white woman, claims that she was rejected from the university based on racial discrimination due to the University of Texas at Austin’s affirmative action admissions program. The University of Texas at... Continue »

Meshal v Higgenbotham: Do All Lives Really Matter To Our Courts?

By Benjamin G. Davis, Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law In the Meshal decision on Friday, October 23, 2015, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found (as did the district court below) what FBI agents allegedly did to an American citizen abroad quite troubling. Yet by a majority, no relief was granted under Bivens due to the law enforcement action being tied to the national security space and that this happened outside the US. The Court of Appeals said it hesitated to extend Bivens relief in this setting and left it to the Supreme Court to decide whether Bivens should reach this space. As long ago as 1957 in Reid v. Covert, the Supreme Court said that the US Government cannot do to American… Continue »

SALT Membership: New Reduced Rates and Easy Online Renewal

In this “Age of Austerity,”  most law professors and administrators are doing more – often with less. That means new projects, longer hours, more responsibilities and thinner resources.  We are committed to maintaining excellence for our students and institutions.  At the same time, assaults on academic freedom, professional status and inclusion are greater than ever.    Beyond the classroom,  threats to civil liberties continue to create challenges to vulnerable communities. With so many obstacles and challenges at play, this is a critical time for SALT to maintain its voice in the legal academy.  For more than 40 years, SALT has stood as a progressive voice in the academy’s efforts to promote a better classroom and community. And we pledge to... Continue »

SALT Names Junior Faculty Teaching Award Winner

SALT proudly announces that Professor Justin Hansford is the 2015 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 through SALT membership and participation in SALT activities. The award will be given at the SALT Members Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim, Orange County, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.  Professor Hansford’s commitment to advocacy work with African-American men both in the classroom and community makes him an important participant in the struggle for justice.  Specifically, Justin has been a... Continue »

SALT Makes Statement on Charleston and Racist Violence

  The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) joins others in condemning the murders of nine African Americans at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and the series of church burnings in the region. But condemnation is not enough. We must use these tragic incidents to prompt and continue much needed conversations about racial injustice and hate crimes and to support actions to remove state-sponsored symbols, like the Confederate Flag, being used in furtherance of violent, racialized hate crimes that undermine our adherence to rule-of-law principles. The recent Charleston events and subsequent hate crimes indicate that our country has yet to fully address systematic racial discrimination that currently manifests in ways destructive to the lives of... Continue »

SALT Mourns the Loss of Dennis Greene, Former Board Member

SALT mourns the loss of Professor F. Dennis Greene of the University of Dayton School of Law, at the age of 66.    Professor Greene was a SALT Board member from 1999 to 2001 and a founding member of the popular music group Sha Na Na.   Greene, who taught torts, entertainment and constitutional law, was a pathbreaker in his career as a performer, scholar, and teacher.  He will be missed, but the music he made on the page and the stage will live on. Continue »

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

    SALT is proud to announce the following Co-Presidents Elect and Nominees to the Board of Governors.   The Nominees will be presented as a slate at the Members’ Meeting on Friday October 2, 2015 at 6 p.m. Pacific Time at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Anaheim, CA.    The Co-Presidents Elect will serve a two-year term starting on January 1, 2016, and elected Board members start their three-year terms on January 1. Only those SALT members current in their dues as of September 15 may vote in the election. If you are unsure about the status of your membership, please e-mail your name and school to before September 15.  If you would like to vote by proxy, please send... Continue »

SALT Supports Law for Black Lives Conference in NYC

SALT was proud to be one of the sponsors supporting Law For Black Lives, a national gathering of lawyers, law students, legal workers, and jailhouse lawyers committed to building a world where #BlackLivesMatter. The Law For Black Lives program conference was held July 31- Aug. 1 in Harlem. It united legal advocates from around the country to explore ways to support the growing Movement for Black Lives.  The event was organized by a planning committee that included representatives from the Center for Constitutional Rights, Dream Defenders, the National Bar Association, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People LDF and the Community Justice Project. Discussions covered a wide range of issues including abusive policing, environmental justice and transgender rights. Continue »