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Professor of Law
Senior Founding Faculty Member
Omar Saleem is a Professor of Law and former founding Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Florida A&M College of Law. He received his B.A. from City University of New York at Queens College and his J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central University of Law where he was the editor-in-chief of the law review and received numerous academic awards, including the NAACP National John Warren Davis Award for Academic Excellence, and the North Carolina Board of Governors Academic Award. He received his LL.M. from Columbia University School of Law. He was a law clerk for the Honorable Henry E. Frye, Associate Justice for the North Carolina Supreme Court.
He has dedicated his career to public interest concerns including guardian at litem, Harlem (NYC) Tutorial Program, Council on Legal Education Opportunity, National Council for Black Studies, Orange County Scholars Program, EPA Environmental Risk-Communication Assessment Project, Inter-American Center for Human Rights, Orange County Educational Facilities Authority, Miami-Dade NAACP Legal Services Referral Program, ABA Criminal Justice Standards Committee for Revising the ABA Guilty Plea Standards, Florida Bar Continuing Legal Education Committee – Publications Subcommittee, and YMCA Adult Achiever for the Y Black Achievers Program.
As an assistant public defender he handled criminal proceedings in juvenile, district and superior court, and appeals filed at the North Carolina appellate level. As Legal Services attorney he handled matters involving insurance, domestic violence, housing, consumer fraud, wills, and the uniform commercial code.
He was a Peace Corps Volunteer English teacher in West Africa and a Ford Foundation Fellow in Ghana. He was a member of two delegations to Beijing, China and also taught in the Royal College University Escorial Maria, Cristina, Spain as part of the St. Thomas University Law School summer program.
He has published on a variety of topics including Cyberlaw, Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, International Environmental Law, Criminal Procedure, and Comparative Law. He taught at North Carolina Central University School of Law and St. Thomas University School of Law, where he was recognized by student organizations for excellence in teaching. He has strong interest in the domestic and global application of laws, with a particular focus on developing countries and racial minorities. His scholarship is cited in over one hundred publications, including the popular Environmental Law textbook by Findley and Farber, Cases and Materials on Environmental Law (5th ed. West 1999). His scholarship appears in law reviews published by John Marshall University, Pennsylvania State/Dickinson University, Columbia University, American University, University of Oklahoma, Southern University, Georgetown University, and the University of Florida.