SALT Proudly Counts Professor Derrick Bell Among Its Founders

SALT proudly counts the late  Professor Derrick Bell among its founders.  Professor Bell, who pioneered the study of Critical Race Theory, was a faculty member at Harvard Law School in 1974 when he, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and 31 other law professors founded SALT “to convey our students an appreciation of the important role lawyers could play in helping repair tears in our society,” in the words of Justice Ginsburg, who remembered the founding on the occasion of SALT’s 40th birthday celebration in 2014.  Professor Bell, who passed away in 2011, taught at several law schools over the course of his 40 year career in the academy, including several as protests over the lack of faculty diversity at his home... Continue »

The American Psychological Association Resolution of August 7, 2015: One More Milepost on the Road to Full Accountability for United States Torturers

  By Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law   As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, the arc of the moral universe bends towards justice.  On August 7, it bent a little more that way with the monumental passage of the American Psychological Association Resolution banning psychologists from torture.  This largest worldwide organization of 130,000 psychologists, after a ten year struggle to bring to light the collusion of the association and key members in the torture, decided to chart a fundamentally new course with this resolution.   It will have impact in the national security establishment and will be known to the state licensing boards that license psychologists.   It will assist international efforts around the world by psychologists to resist their participation in… Continue »


Marc Poirier, a law professor at Seton Hall Law and a really wonderful human being, passed away Sunday after a brave battle with cancer. Tributes about his work in the academy have been populating a wide range of legal academy blogs this week. After all, he was an exceptionally bright scholar with diverse interests that ranged from property theory to LGBT issues. He was also, amazingly, able to successfully blend the two. His article, The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy, was widely popular. He also wrote in the fields of environmental resource management, sexuality and the law and gender. One L in a Different Voice: Becoming a Gay Male Feminist at Harvard Law School should be... Continue »

State Violence and Psychologists: the American Psychological Association, Police Killings and Torture

By Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law This week the American Psychological Association (APA) is holding its annual meeting in turmoil resulting from the scathing independent review – the Independent Review Relating to APA Ethics Guidelines, National Security Interrogations, and Torture or the Hoffman report – of the role of the APA leadership and specific present and former members in enabling torture in the War on Terror in the period just after Abu Ghraib came to light in 2004.  The willingness of the APA to provide cover for the torture is at the heart of the discussion.  There have been resignations and firing and pushback by groups such as the Society of Military Psychologists to defend what was done in that period.  The… Continue »

Advantaging the Advantaged Once Again

By Hazel Weiser Our system of funding higher education through grants and loans might be exacerbating income inequality, especially along racial lines. In the 21st century, a college degree is the new high school diploma, necessary to acquire any economic independence in a post-manufacturing era, although certainly no guarantee. And according to a Harris Poll survey, the overwhelming majority of college bound students identify economic reasons for attending: 91 percent want to improve employment opportunities; 90 percent want to make more money; and 89 percent want to get a good job.  All makes sense, right? Increasingly low income students, including students of color, flock to college to earn their swipe at the American Dream. To facilitate these aspirations, the federal government invests $140... Continue »

A Personal Note: Juneteenth and June26th

By Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law   With Charleston funerals and the Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision occurring today, there are many emotions in the air.  I think of my childhood friend, Reggie Eley.  He was my first best friend – running through the backyard bushes to his house, playing kids games in the backyard with my cousins and family, reading twelve cent comic books, assembling and flying cheap wooden airplanes, etc in East Orange, New Jersey.  Reggie came out in his late twenties or early thirties and was one of the early casualties of AIDS.  When I saw him late in his life in the hospital it was a very sad moment, but it was also very moving to see how… Continue »

SALT Proudly Counts Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Among Its Founders

  RBG Jan. 3 2014 letter to SALT   June 26, 2015 —On the occasion of its 40th Anniversary celebration and annual awards in 2014, United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sent greetings to the Society of American Law Teachers and reflected on her role in founding the organization with other law faculty in 1974, and the role that SALT will play into the future.  We post the letter here on this historic day for LGBT rights at the Supreme Court. Continue »


June 26, 2015 — The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) hails the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges today.   Since 1974, SALT has advocated for justice, diversity and human rights in legal education and beyond.  In the 1990s, SALT worked against the military’s 1996 ban on gays and lesbians, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.  In early 2013, SALT worked with the Columbia Law School Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, to create a policy paper on sexual orientation and gender identity protections at religiously affiliated law schools.  The organization continues a commitment to LGBT equality issues, evident in its historical involvement in landmark privacy and LGBT rights cases.  In 2013, SALT joined amicus briefs in both the Perry and Windsor cases before the Supreme Court, challenging California’s Proposition Eight and the… Continue »

Call for New Board Member Nominations

The Nominations Committee is currently soliciting nominations for current SALT members to run for one of several upcoming openings on the Board of Governors.  Service on the Board of Governors gives members a close and active opportunity to shape and enforce the policy of SALT designed to fulfill SALT’s basic mission – of making the legal profession more inclusive and reflective of the great diversity of this nation; enhancing social justice training and quality legal education with cutting edge teaching methodologies; and advancing the use of the law to serve under-served persons and communities. There are two ways for SALT members to contribute to the nominations process:  (1) suggest names of SALT members to the Nominations Committee for consideration in developing its slate of nominees, or (2) nominate yourself. Only... Continue »