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Law Professor Matthew Charity Selected as Co-President of the Society of American Law Teachers

MONDAY, AUGUST 7, 2017 - 2:02 PM Law , All News

Law Professor Matthew Charity


Western New England University Law Professor Matthew Charity was recently selected as Co-President Elect of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT). Professor Charity has been teaching at Western New England University School of Law since 2007. He teaches international law courses, and researches in areas of atrocity crimes, governmental responsibility, and human rights. Professor Charity has served on the executive committees of the Association of American Law Schools Sections on Africa (Chair, 2013-14), Law and South Asian Studies, and International Law (Chair 2015-16). 

SALT is committed to advancing teaching excellence, social justice and diversity. The Society is a community of progressive law teachers, administrators, academic support experts, and students, who work to improve the legal profession and expand the power of law to under-served communities. SALT engages in social justice work within and beyond law schools.

Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Charity spent seven years at the New York law firms of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and Baker Hostetler LLP, where he worked in commercial litigation, antitrust, and business crimes and corporate investigations. His pro bono work included refugee asylum and prisoners' rights litigation.

While at Columbia Law School, Professor Charity was a member of the Human Rights Law Review, and worked with Human Rights Watch in Ethiopia, and at the Office of the Secretariat of the United Nations.  He also served as a vice-president of the Public Interest Law Foundation.

Professor Charity served several years on the drafting committee of the International Criminal Court Committee for the American Branch of the International Law Association.  He also serves as Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the Town of Amherst, and on the Executive Committee of the Society of American Law Teachers.