SALT Proudly Counts Professor Derrick Bell Among Its Founders

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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 institution.  He finished his career as a visiting professor at New York University School of Law.   Professor Bell was awarded SALT’s Great Teacher Award in 1985 and was recognized with other SALT Founders in 2002.