More than 150 law professors, legal writing teachers and clinicians gathered October 4 -6 at UM Carey Law for Teaching Social Justice, Expanding Access to Justice: The Role of Legal Education and the Legal Profession, the 2012 Teaching Conference of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).
“Teaching is at the center of legal education,” observed UM Carey Law Dean Phoebe Haddon, former co-president of SALT and winner of its 2011 Great Teacher award. “It’s an honor to bring this outstanding annual conference dedicated to improving social justice and teaching to our law school.”
Prior to the Teaching Conference, SALT and LatCrit Inc. co-sponsored the 10th annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop, October 4-5, designed to foster scholarship in progressive, social justice and critical outsider jurisprudence among new and junior faculty.
The Teaching Conference kicked off Friday morning , October 5, with the (optional) Baltimore Realty Tour, led by UM Carey Law School Professor Brenda Bratton Blom, who explored some of the city’s most disinvested communities and “power neighborhoods” through the lens of economic development.
Other Maryland Carey Law faculty members participating in the program included Dean Haddon, on the costs of legal education, Peter Holland on teaching students how to apply fee shifting statutes to pro bono cases, Michael Millemann on collaborations between law schools and small firms to provide legal services to unrepresented clients, Michael Pinard on teaching incarceration, Ellen Weber on the role of state policy research in legal education and Douglas Colbert, the co-chair of SALT's Access to Justice Committee who participated in two plenary sessions, moderated and presented at a concurrent session on curricula reform featuring the lawyer as public citizen, and served as a member of the conference planning committee.