Areas of Expertise
- Academic Support
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Client Counseling
- Dispute Resolution and Arbitration
- Interviewing and Client Counseling
- Legal Education
- Legal Profession
- Legal Research
- Legal Writing
A native of South Texas, O.J. Salinas is the first Hispanic to hold a full-time faculty position at the University of North Carolina School of Law. Salinas is a Clinical Professor of Law, and he serves as the law school’s Director of Academic Excellence. His teaching and research interests include academic and bar support, legal writing, and client counseling. He has written several essays and blog posts on academic and bar support, and he is the author of A Short and Happy Guide to Effective Client Interviewing and Counseling (West 2016). In 2017, Salinas received the Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Faculty Service (along with Alexa Chew). He also received the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence from the graduating Class of 2017.
Salinas graduated Cum Laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1999, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar. He was an Associate Editor for the Dayton Law Review, participated on the Moot Court team, and was an intraschool Moot Court Champion. Following law school, Salinas practiced civil litigation in Texas. He also received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he worked with individuals suffering from severe mental illness to students seeking educational academic support.
- M.A., Counseling, University of Texas at San Antonio (2007)
- J.D. (Cum Laude), University of Dayton (1999)
- B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), Psychology & Philosophy, Saint Mary's University (Texas) (1996)
A SHORT AND HAPPY GUIDE TO EFFECTIVE CLIENT INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING (West Academic) (March 2016).
KF311 S25 2016
Beyond the Socratic Class: Helping Prepare Practice-Ready Students by Incorporating Client Interviews in the 1L LRW Class, THE LEARNING CURVE (AALS Section on Academic Support), Summer 2015.
Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Maintaining the Foundation of Strong Individual Professional Development, THE LEARNING CURVE (AALS Section on Academic Support), Winter 2014 at 12.