Robert M. Saltzman
Robert M. Saltzman was
initially appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Police
Commissioners in 2007 by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. In 2013,
Commissioner Saltzman was the only Police Commissioner selected by
Mayor Eric Garcetti to continue service on the Board. Commissioner
Saltzman also served the City of Los Angeles previously as Mayor
Villaraigosa's only appointee to the Los Angeles City Ethics
Commission from 2005 to 2007.
Commissioner Saltzman has served as Associate Dean of the Gould
School of Law at the University of Southern California since 1988.
In that capacity, he is responsible for the law school's student
services including academic support, career counseling and job
placement, student affairs and activities, financial aid and
scholarships, and registration and records. Commissioner Saltzman
is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at USC and has taught courses
on Legal and Professional Ethics and Responsibilities, Evidence,
and Legislation (Statutory Interpretation).
Commissioner Saltzman is an expert in legal and professional
ethics, the learning process in law school, legislation and the
political process, and disabilities issues. He has written and
spoken frequently on these topics and others, including the
importance of affirmative action, and the inherent value of
diversity to the quality of legal education.
Prior to joining USC, Commissioner Saltzman worked as Special
Counsel to the Director of Health Services for LA County, and Legal
Affairs Deputy to then-LA County Supervisor Ed Edelman.
Commissioner Saltzman has served on a number of boards and
committees throughout the legal and political communities. From
1994-200, he was a member of the Board of Visitors of the
Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and Civic Leadership at
Dartmouth College. He has been a member of the Executive Board of
the Association of American Law Schools Section on Pre-Legal
Education and Admission; he served on the Board of Trustees of the
National Association for Law Placement Foundation; and he was a
Trustee of Law School Admission Council.
In 2011, President Obama appointed Commissioner Saltzman to the
White House Commission on Presidential Scholars. That Commission
advises the White house and Department of Education on promotion of
excellence and achievement in education.
Among his other achievements, Commissioner Saltzman was a member of
the Board of Trustees and Public Policy Committee of the LA Gay and
Lesbian Center from 1999 - 2001. He is currently on the Board of
Directors for the Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute and
previously was a member of the Board of Directors of the Gay and
Lesbian Victory Fund.
Commissioner Saltzman holds an A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth
College (in Hanover, New Hampshire) and a J.D. from Harvard Law
School (in Cambridge, Massachusetts). He is admitted to practice
law in California and Colorado (inactive status in Colorado only),
and he is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar
of California, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and the Los
Angeles Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association.