Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?
The University of Houston Law Center is committed to ensuring equal opportunity for all its students and alumni, and is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability. The facilities and/or services of the Career Development Office may be denied to employers whose behavior contravenes the Law Center’s policy based on the above-listed factors.
This office requires all employers who use its placement services to affirm the following statement to confirm compliance with the nondiscrimination policy detailed above: “Employer gives assurance that it is an equal-opportunity employer, offering employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, or disability.”
In consideration of the Solomon Amendment, the US Armed Forces are exempt from the provisions of the university’s nondiscrimination policy as it relates to sexual orientation.
Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?
Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?
Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?
OUTLaw has played a major role in raising awareness and support. For example, OUTLaw hosted attorneys Mitchell Katine and John Nechman to discuss their experience with the 2003 US Supreme Court case, Lawrence v. Texas, as well as their reflections on the recent changes with the Defense of Marriage Act.
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?
Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?
Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?
Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?
Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?
The Law Center prides itself in its diversity, which includes sexual orientation and identity. The Law Center supports our student organization, OutLaw: Students for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Concerns. The organization is devoted to the issues of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender students at the law school. All students are welcome to join regardless of sexual orientation. We have successfully enrolled transgender students ensuring that proper pronouns and preferred names were used throughout the admissions process and in all interactions. We are also proud that the first openly transgender judge appointed in the United States is an alumni of the University of Houston Law Center and currently serves as an Associate Judge for the Municipal Courts in Houston, Texas. Respect and dignity are shown to all applicants and students of the Law Center.