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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 »

SALT CELEBRATES THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY

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 »

From Detainees to Surveillance: Is one allowed to demur to Matthew Waxman's nomination at NSA

By Benjamin G Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law According to the below article a certain Matthew Waxman is being bruited for the General Counsel job at the NSA. http://www.lawfareblog.com/2015/05/matthew-waxman-to-be-the-new-nsa-general-counsel/ His Columbia Law School bio is more circumspect about his prior government service then the one at the Hoover Institute. Over there it is stated that: “He also served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs (2004–5), director for contingency planning and international justice at the National Security Council (2002–3), and special assistant to National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice (2001–2).” Per John Rizzo’s Company Man book, the Senate Torture Report, and what we know of Gitmo and Abu Ghraib, he was present at the creation of the torture regime and its implementation in… Continue »

SALT Expresses Academic Freedom Concerns About Recent Actions of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors

March 25, 2015 — The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) today released a statement regarding recent actions of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors to close three centers in the university system, including the Center for Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the UNC School of Law.  In the statement, SALT expresses concern about the impact of the closings on student learning opportunities and academic freedom.  The full statement is available here:  SALT STATEMENT ON UNC BOG Final. Continue »

Diversity, Inequality, and ISDS

By Benjamin G. Davis, Associate Professor of Law, University of Toledo College of Law Much ado has arisen in recent months about the investor-state dispute settlement provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership international trade agreements being negotiated. Sources one might look to are http://isdsblog.com/, Senator Elizabeth Warren in the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kill-the-dispute-settlement-language-in-the-trans-pacific-partnership/2015/02/25/ec7705a2-bd1e-11e4-b274-e5209a3bc9a9_story.html), an extended segment on John Oliver’s program Last Week Tonight (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UsHHOCH4q8), and an Alliance for Justice brief description of the issue and the letter at http://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6539/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=19342. Said multilateral trade agreements are inserted into a rich tapestry of bilateral investment treaties, regional one’s (NAFTA as an example), and the overarching world trade system under the auspices of the World Trade Organization.  A common feature of all these types of agreements is to have a dispute settlement… Continue »