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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 info@saltlaw.org 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 »

SALT at ABA Council Meeting; Status Quo on Externships, For Now

The Council of the ABA’s Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar met in Chicago July 31 to consider among other items the proposed deletion of Interpretation 305-2, which prohibits law schools granting credit for paid externships. Along with other organizations such as the Clinical Legal Education (CLEA), we filed comments opposing the deletion of Interpretation 305-2, on the grounds that making the externship an employment relationship would dilute the educational value that an externship for credit would obtain. The Council took the suggestions of SALT and CLEA to engage in a holistic review of all the standards governing externships before removing Interpretation 305-2.  The Council, and SALT, will continue examining best practices for externships in upcoming meetings. Continue »

SALT Names Annual Great Teacher, Human Rights Honorees

  Professor Susan Bryant CUNY School of Law Professor Jean Koh Peters Yale Law School Sherrilyn Ifill NAACP LDF and Maryland Law   At its upcoming Annual Dinner to be held on January 8, 2016 in New York City, SALT will honor three champions of its mission of justice, diversity and teaching excellence.  Professor Susan Bryant from CUNY School of Law and Professor Jean Peters from Yale Law School will share the SALT Great Teacher Award honors.  The M. Shanara Gilbert Human Rights Award will be presented to Sherrilyn Ifill, President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (NAACP-LDF), and a faculty member at the University of Maryland Francis Carey School of Law. The Great Teacher Award recognizes Bryant and Koh Peters for their... Continue »

SALT COMMENTS ON DEPT. OF EDUCATION’s REVISED PAY AS YOU EARN REGULATION

Statement on the Proposed Changes to the Department of Education’s REPAYE Plan August 10, 2015 The Society of American Law Teachers (SALT), one of the largest independent national organizations of law teachers, supports efforts to aggressively respond to the problem of student debt in this country. As the Department of Education (DOE) explores steps to improve debt relief, it should take every step possible to open more avenues for student loan borrowers to participate fully in the American economy. SALT encourages the DOE to allow all Direct Loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 10% of income, and to prevent ballooning loan balances by limiting interest accrual for borrowers with low income relative to their debt. Furthermore, SALT... Continue »

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 »