Drake University Law School

Drake University Law School
2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311-4505, USA
Phone: 515.271.2782 | Toll-free: 800.44.DRAKE, ext. 2782 | Fax: 515.271.1990
Email: lawadmit@drake.edu | Website: www.drake.edu/law

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation?

The principles of equal access and equal opportunity require that all interactions within the university be free from invidious discrimination. Drake University therefore prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Title IX coordinator, 208 Old Main, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311, 515.271.2982, titleix@drake.edu or the director, Human Resources, 3206 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311, 515.271.4804, drakehr@drake.edu.

Does your law school have a nondiscrimination policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity?

The principles of equal access and equal opportunity require that all interactions within the university be free from invidious discrimination. Drake University therefore prohibits discrimination based upon race, color, national origin, creed, religion, age, disability, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law in its educational programs and activities, admissions, or employment. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies may be directed to the Title IX coordinator, 208 Old Main, 2507 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311, 515.271.2982, titleix@drake.edu or the director, Human Resources, 3206 University Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50311, 515.271.4804, drakehr@drake.edu.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

No

Does your law school have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender student organization?

Drake Outlaws meets regularly to plan events or just to socialize. Our activities include having dinner with our openly gay faculty advisor or with LGBTQ alumni, and checking out some of the LGBTQ businesses in Des Moines. We bring speakers to campus on issues of importance to us, such as a recent HIV and the Law panel. We also organize the Law School Drag Show, which has great attendance from the whole school. The purpose of the drag show is to recruit student volunteers to perform alongside professional queens. All proceeds from the drag show are donated to a nonprofit. In the past we have donated to The (Iowa) Project and Iowa Primary Health, Inc.

We are a pretty diverse group of people, however you measure diversity. We are multiracial, cover a wide span of ages, and several of us are single or married parents of children. Our organization is meant to be inclusive and historically has received a lot of support from Allies at Drake. Our faculty advisor, Professor Maura Strassberg, has been out at the law school for over 20 years, and teaches both required first- and second-year classes and an upper-level course on Sexuality and the Law.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at lawadmit@drake.edu.

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender faculty members?

Professor Maura Strassberg
Email: maura.strassberg@drake.edu

Does your law school have any openly lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender administrators?

No

Does your law school offer any academic courses primarily focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender legal issues?

Drake Law students have the opportunity to study contemporary legal topics. Our professors recognize the importance of LGBTQ legal issues. For example, our case books include examples of complex LGBTQ legal issues. Also, one of the projects for first-year students is to write a sample brief on workplace discrimination on behalf of a transgender employee fired from her job.

Sexuality and the Law

It is the premise of this course not only that issues of sexuality are increasingly central to the law, but also that the law plays a significant role in the construction of both heterosexuality and homosexuality. Of particular interest is the way in which the legal regulation of homosexual conduct serves to define heterosexual identity as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual identity. The course covers a number of theories of sexuality, ranging from old medical theories and modern biological theories to feminism and Foucault, and it examines how these theories have already or might in the future inform how the law regulates sexuality. The course covers sexuality-related issues in privacy doctrine, free speech, equal protection, family law, employment law, international law, and criminal law.

Does your law school offer the same benefits to faculty, staff, or student same-sex spouses as they do opposite-sex spouses?

Yes

Does your law school offer any form of domestic-partner benefits to faculty, staff, or students?

Domestic partners of Drake University faculty and staff are eligible for benefits provided to full-time employees.

Additional Information

Iowa has a long history of affirming absolute equality for all persons, starting with the Iowa Supreme Court’s refusal to recognize slavery in its very first case in 1839 and to require integration of education soon after in 1873. In 1869, Iowa became the first state in the Union to admit a woman to the practice of law. In 2008, Iowa became the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriage and was the first in the American heartland to do so. The Iowa legislature has enacted wide-ranging nondiscrimination laws covering employment, public accommodations, and education, and has enacted laws prohibiting bullying and hate crimes. Iowa is a great place to study as an LGBTQ law student and to work as an LGBTQ lawyer.