Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Go On! Breaking Into Law Teaching

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

It’s law faculty recruitment season again. Fortunately, more structured resources and networks are now available for IntLawGrrls who are considering entering the academy than were accessible when some of us were starting out two or three decades ago.

New Law Teachers Pipeline
For example, the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) New Law Teachers’ Pipeline Committee is co-sponsoring a series of workshops on “Breaking into Law Teaching.” The workshops are hosted by law schools and faculty networks throughout the United States. Angela P. Harris, Professor of Law, University of California at Davis, and IntLawGrrl Hari M. Osofsky, Associate Professor of Law and Lampert Fesler Research Fellow, University of Minnesota School of Law, co-chair the SALT committee (on which yours truly, IntLawGrrl Hope Lewis, also serves).

Breaking Into Law Teaching: New England Region
Northeastern University School of Law had the pleasure of hosting the New England version this past June.
Jenny Rivera, Professor of Law and Director of the Center on Latino and Latina Rights and Equality at the City University of New York (CUNY) School of Law, was keynote speaker and recipient of the Keith Aoki Mentorship Award. (See posts on the late Professor Keith Aoki by IntLawGrrls Hari Osofsky and Diane Marie Amann, Emily and Ernest Woodruff Chair in International Law, University of Georgia School of Law, here and here.)

SALT Workshop Series
The first "Breaking In" workshop was held at SALT's 2011 Law Teaching conference hosted by Golden Gate University School of Law.
Workshop participants gather to learn from, and network with, current law teachers and law administrators. Topics include preparation; the roles and responsibilities involved in “podium,” clinical, adjunct, legal writing and research positions; the nuts and bolts of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) recruitment process; teaching fellowships; and tips on entry-level teaching, scholarship, and service.
The series is aimed at increasing the presence and impact of lawyers from groups that are underrepresented in the legal academy (i.e., people of color, women, LGBT, and lawyers with disabilities). The goal is to share information, mentor prospective teachers and administrators, and break down barriers to access.
Most IntLawGrrls who are law professors know that we did not enter or thrive in the profession without the support of those who came before us and provided mentorship and informal advice. It is great to see further development and law school support for such efforts and networks.
What follows is a list of this year’s upcoming and previous workshops. Be sure to see the “New Law Teachers Pipeline” committee page on the SALT website, where very helpful resource guides and program summaries are linked.

Upcoming SALT Breaking into Law Teaching Workshops
►September 16, 2011--Chicago: “Breaking In: How to Become a Law Professor or Administrator. Co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School, Northern Illinois University College of Law, and SALT. Click here to learn more and register.
►September 23, 2011--Seattle: "Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership." Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Seattle University School of Law (workshop for prospective deans and other administrators).
►October 6-7, 2011: San Diego—LatCrit, Inc. SALT and LatCrit run a junior faculty mentoring workshop at the annual LatCrit, Inc. conference. Click here to learn more about the workshop and LatCrit XVI. This workshop attracts fellows and non-tenured faculty.

Previous Workshops
►June 17, 2011, Boston--Boston: “Breaking into Law Teaching: New England--The Pipeline to the Legal Academy.” Co-sponsored by Northeastern University School of Law and SALT.
►May 20, 2011, New York—“Breaking In: New Law Teachers Pipeline Project.” Co-sponsored by CUNY School of Law, Center for Diversity in the Legal Profession, and SALT.
►March 31, 2011, Fort Lauderdale—“Breaking into Law Teaching: Southeast.” Co-sponsored by Nova Southeastern and SALT.
March, 21, 2010, San Francisco--"Breaking Into Law Teaching," Golden Gate University School of Law and SALT.

Selected Resources for Aspiring Law Teachers
Fellowships for Aspiring Law Professors (2010-2011), TaxProf Blog (posted by Paul Caron, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati College of Law)
2011 Bibliography of Resources (prepared by Nareissa Smith, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law).
Resource Guide for Breaking into Law Teaching: New England--The Pipeline to the Legal Academy,” compiled by Professor Hope Lewis, with Hyejin Park ‘11, Desiree Murphy ‘13, and Gautam Jagannath ’12, Northeastern University School of Law.
2010 Bibliography of Resources (from Golden Gate Workshop)
“From Both Sides Now: The Job Talk’s Role in Matching Candidates with Law Schools,” by Anne Enquist, Paula Lustbader, John B. Mitchell.
Vulnerable Populations and Transformative Law Teaching (Society of American Law Teachers & Golden Gate University School of Law (2011).

(Heartfelt thanks to Hazel Weiser, Executive Director of SALT.)

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