Temple Law student Colin Saltry ’16 is the 2014 winner of the International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition. He will receive his award at the 2014 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, held August 21-23 in Manhattan.
Colin’s winning entry, titled “What’s (Who You) Love Got To Do With It,” explores whether it is permissible to exercise peremptory challenges based on a prospective juror’s sexual orientation. Colin’s work on the paper was supervised by Professor Leonore Carpenter.
“I work as a tipstaff for Judge Marlene Lachman in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas so I’m pretty familiar with what’s appropriate and inappropriate during jury selection,” Colin explains. “Choosing peremptory challenges as a topic was kind of like killing two birds with one stone: I was learning something new and interesting that has applicability in my job now and which will hopefully translate down the line as a practicing attorney.”
The International Association of LGBT Judges Writing Competition solicits entries on the topics of diversity on the bench and judicial ethics around LGBT issues. The Lavender Law conference at which Colin will receive the award is presented annually by the National LGBT Bar Association.