Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference

Legal Education in a Time of Change:
Challenges and Opportunities

Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) Teaching Conference, in partnership with the
12th Annual LatCrit-SALT Junior Faculty Development Workshop

Thursday October 9, 2014

UNLV

 

 SALT

 www.saltlaw.org

 

The LatCrit, Inc./SALT Twelfth Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop (FDW) will take place on Thursday October 9, 2014, immediately preceding the SALT Teaching Conference.  The FDW is designed for critical, progressive, and social justice oriented pre-tenured professors, including clinicians and legal writing professors, as well as those who may be contemplating a law teaching career.  The FDW is designed to familiarize junior faculty with LatCrit and SALT principles and values and support them in the scholarship, teaching, and service aspects of professional success.

Society of American Law Teachers—SALT Teaching Conference
Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014 at the
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Boyd School of Law

 

Legal Education in a Time of Change:
Challenges and Opportunities

 

Debates over the value of a legal education rage in blogs, in the comment sections across the internet, and even at faculty meetings in law schools.  Although self-examination is a necessary component of any reform in legal education, this critique, often shouted in hyperbolic terms, is discouraging many progressive students from even considering law as a career.

SALT recognizes the importance of increasing access to legal education, especially as income inequality increases, as resegregation impacts public schools and communities, and government becomes more polarized.  SALT remains deeply committed to ensuring that membership in the legal profession reflects the rich diversity of this country, that we engage students throughout law school with relevant and innovative teaching methodologies, and that the academy itself be inclusive and model civil society by building consensus and community.

As we go through these transformational times, we invite you to help envision what law school can and should be.  SALT seeks to reframe this polarized debate about the value of a legal education, rejuvenate legal education, and reform the profession to ensure its path towards social justice and access to legal services for all. 

SALT welcomes a broad range of presentations, particularly those that incorporate the conference theme.  The following questions are illustrative of just some of the issues that could be addressed:

  • How do we ensure that there is a next generation of lawyers and law professors who are committed to social justice? 
  • How will we attract and guide progressive, diverse students who can bring their varied perspectives to define justice, fairness, equality, and democracy in a global age?
  • How and what do we teach to promote the use of law to build consensus and community to solve economic, social, political, environmental, and global issues that perpetuate inequality and exclusion? 
  • How does the current legal education crisis operate within the context of the neoliberal university?
  • How do we contribute to the legacy of how law can and should be used to define civil democracy and global responsibility?
  • How do we help transform the practice of law so that students can engage in careers that are personally and socially rewarding? 
  • How do we unite scholars of doctrine and practice in our common goals of developing the law and its underlying legal theory toward justice?

The final program will be posted here in early September.
Questions? E-mail info@saltlaw.org