The George Washington University Law School

The George Washington University Law School 
2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052, USA
Phone: 202.994.7230 | Fax: 202.994.3597
Email: admissions@law.gwu.edu | Website: www.law.gwu.edu

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

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

Inquiries concerning this policy and federal and local laws and regulations concerning discrimination in education and employment programs and activities may be directed to:

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Suite 320
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.9656

Inquiries may also be directed to the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the applicable state or local agency (for example, the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights).

Questions regarding protections against discrimination on the basis of sex may be directed to:

Title IX Coordinator, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
813 Rice Hall
2121 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.7440

Questions regarding the protections against discrimination on the basis of disability may be directed to the university’s Disability Services Coordinators. Students may contact:

The Associate Dean of Students
Administrative Services
Office of the Dean of Students
401 Rice Hall
2121 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.6710

Other members of the university community may contact:

The Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Suite 320
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.9633

To request disability accommodations, students should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202.994.8250 or dss@gwu.edu. Employees and other members of the university community should contact the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 202.994.9656 or eeo@gwu.edu.

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

The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

Inquiries concerning this policy and federal and local laws and regulations concerning discrimination in education and employment programs and activities may be directed to:

Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Suite 320
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.9656

Inquiries may also be directed to the US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or the applicable state or local agency (for example, the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights).

Questions regarding protections against discrimination on the basis of sex may be directed to:

Title IX Coordinator, the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
813 Rice Hall
2121 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.7440

Questions regarding the protections against discrimination on the basis of disability may be directed to the university’s Disability Services Coordinators. Students may contact:

The Associate Dean of Students
Administrative Services
Office of the Dean of Students
401 Rice Hall
2121 Eye Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.6710

Other members of the university community may contact:

The Executive Director of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Suite 320
2033 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.9633

To request disability accommodations, students should contact the Office of Disability Support Services at 202.994.8250 or dss@gwu.edu. Employees and other members of the university community should contact the Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action at 202.994.9656 or eeo@gwu.edu.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

Lambda Law

Co-Presidents: Dana Raugh-Kistler and Michael Sheehan
Contact: lambda@law.gwu.edu

Lambda Law is an organization of students interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) legal issues, employment concerns, and the fostering of tolerance and awareness on campus. The organization provides a network for professional and social interaction between GLBT and ally students, faculty, and legal professionals, and for the education of the law school community about issues facing GLBT individuals. Since its foundation in 1989, Lambda Law has become a visible and active force at the law school. The organization was involved in adding “sexual orientation” to GW’s nondiscrimination policy, and developing and implementing programs with the Career Development Office.

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

Joan E. Schaffner
Associate Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: 202.994.7040
Fax: 202.994.9817
Email: jschaf@law.gwu.edu

Joan E. Schaffner is an associate professor of law at the George Washington University Law School. She received her BS in mechanical engineering (magna cum laude) and JD (Order of the Coif) from the University of Southern California, and her MS in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an inactive member of the California Bar and an active member of the DC Bar. Professor Schaffner worked at the law firm of Irell & Manella in Los Angeles, California and clerked for the Honorable Marianna Pfaelzer in the Central District of California before coming to GW Law. 

Professor Schaffner teaches Civil Procedure, Remedies, and Sexuality and the Law. She is the faculty advisor to Lambda Law, the LGBT student organization at GW Law, and is faculty advisor and editor-in-chief of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.

Professor Schaffner directs the GW Animal Law focus area and has presented on animal law panels and conferences worldwide. Professor Schaffner's most recent book entitled Introduction to Animals and the Law was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2011 as part of their Animal Ethics Series. She is a coauthor and editor of two books published by the American Bar Association (ABA), A Lawyer’s Guide to Dangerous Dog Issues (2009) and Litigating Animal Law Disputes: A Complete Guide for Lawyers (2009), and is author of several book chapters including “Blackfish and Public Outcry: A Unique Political and Legal Opportunity for Fundamental Change to the Legal Protection of Marine Mammals in the United States” in Animal Law and Welfare: International Perspectives (Springer 2016); “Animal Cruelty and the Law: Permitted Conduct” in Animal Cruelty: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Carolina Academic Press 2nd ed. 2016); “Valuing Nature in Environmental Law: Lessons for Animal Law and the Valuation of Animals” in What Can Animal Law Learn from Environmental Law? (Environmental Law Institute 2015); “Americans Working on Behalf of the UnderDOGS” in Searching for the American Dream: How a Sense of Place Shapes the Study of History (Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2013); “Canine Profiling” in Global Guide to Animal Protection (Univ. Illinois Press 2013); and “Laws and Policy to Address the Link of Family Violence” in The Link Between Animal Abuse and Humane Violence (Sussex Academic Press 2009).

Professor Schaffner is active in various organizations including: Past Chair and Newsletter Vice-Chair, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Animal Law Committee; Founding Chair and Immediate Past Chair of the AALS Section on Animal Law; and Fellow, Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. In August 2013 Professor Schaffner received the ABA TIPS Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award and currently serves on the ABA TIPS Council.

On a personal note, Professor Schaffner shares her life and home with a magnificent group of felines.

Education
BS, JD, University of Southern California; MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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

Yes

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

Yes

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?

Yes