Robert S. Salem
Clinical Professor of Law
A member of the faculty since 1994, Mr. Salem teaches clinical courses that provide students with the skills necessary to successfully practice law while advancing the law school’s social justice mission.
Under Mr. Salem’s supervision, law students represent disadvantaged clients throughout Ohio in a variety of legal matters, including family law, probate, domestic violence, civil rights, political asylum, consumer protection, housing and non-profit law.
Mr. Salem has also established several policy and law reform projects at the law school that have a broad impact on the community. Among the projects he currently directs are the Safe School Project, which addresses the detrimental effects of bullying in schools, and the Prison Reentry Project, which attempts to reduce rates of recidivism by addressing legal barriers to a successful transition from incarceration to freedom. The projects give students the opportunity to critique the law and work for reform through education, direct representation, and advocacy before legislative bodies. Mr. Salem has given presentations of his work at legal education conferences around the country.
Mr. Salem has been recognized for his work in the community by being awarded the Spirit of Fair Housing Public Policy Award by the Fair Housing Center of Northwest Ohio, the annual Civil Liberties Award by the ACLU of Northwest Ohio, and the Public Interest Law Award by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality and the Toledo Bar Association. Mr. Salem was also awarded a Program for Academic Excellence grant from the University of Toledo for his work involving school safety issues.
Mr. Salem recently published an article co-authored with Julie Sacks entitled “Victims Without Legal Remedies: Why Kids Need Schools to Develop Comprehensive Anti-Bullying Policies, 72 Albany L. Rev. 147 (2009). He also published an article with Professor Susan Martyn entitled “The Integrated Law School Practicum: Synergizing Theory and Practice,” 68 Louisiana L. Rev. 715 (2008). He is also the author of “The Strengths and Weaknesses of Human Rights Ordinances, 48 Cleveland State Law Review (2000).
Mr. Salem is a graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law. He is a frequent speaker on civil rights issues and is active in several organizations. He currently serves on the Board of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Board of the Toledo Bar Association, the Advisory Board of the Ohio Drug Assistance Program, the Board of Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio and he is a member of the Flower Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee. He is a former Trustee of the Ohio ACLU and a former member of the National Advisory Board of Equal Justice Works in Washington, D.C.
Victims Without Legal Remedies: Why Kids Need Schools to Develop Comprehensive Anti-Bullying
Policies, 72 Albany Law Review 147 (2009).
The Integrated Law School Practicum: Synergizing Theory and Practice, 68 Louisiana Law Review 715 (Spring 2008).
The Strengths and Weaknesses of Local Human Rights Ordinances, 48 Cleve. St. L. Rev. 61 (2000).