Santa Clara University School of Law

Santa Clara University School of Law
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053, USA
Phone: 408.554.5048 | Fax: 408.554.7897
Email: lawadmissions@scu.edu | Website: law.scu.edu

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

Santa Clara University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition as defined by California law, marital status, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or employment-related policies, programs, and activities; or other University-administered policies, programs, and activities. The University condemns and will not tolerate such harassment or discrimination against any employee, student, visitor, or guest on the basis of any status protected by university policy or law, and upholds a zero tolerance policy for sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

The University will take prompt and effective corrective action including, where appropriate, disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion. The University may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment. Additionally, it is the University’s policy that there shall be no retaliation against a person for alleging discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct, cooperating with an investigation, or participating in an informal or formal resolution procedure.

The Office of EEO and Title IX is responsible for monitoring the University’s compliance with federal and state nondiscrimination laws, assisting with all aspects of investigating and resolving reported violations of Policy 311: Prevention of Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct. The EEO and Title IX Coordinator is also designated as the ADA/504 Coordinator responsible for coordinating efforts to comply with federal and state disability laws and regulations. The University encourages those who have witnessed or experienced any form of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and to pursue informal or formal resolution processes as described in this policy. Inquiries regarding equal opportunity policies, the filing of grievances, or requests for a copy of the University’s grievance procedures covering discrimination and harassment complaints should be directed to:

Belinda Guthrie, EEO and Title IX Coordinator
Office of EEO and Title IX
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-­0850

Office Location:

900 Lafayette Street, Suite 100
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408.551.3043
Email: bguthrie@scu.edu

A person may also file a complaint within the time required by law with the appropriate federal or state agency. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the appropriate agency may be the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal office for Civil Rights (OCR), or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

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

Santa Clara University prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of a person’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, age, religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition as defined by California law, marital status, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other status protected by law in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, or employment-related policies, programs, and activities; or other University-administered policies, programs, and activities. The University condemns and will not tolerate such harassment or discrimination against any employee, student, visitor, or guest on the basis of any status protected by university policy or law, and upholds a zero tolerance policy for sexual violence and sexual misconduct.

The University will take prompt and effective corrective action including, where appropriate, disciplinary action up to and including dismissal or expulsion. The University may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment. Additionally, it is the University’s policy that there shall be no retaliation against a person for alleging discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct, cooperating with an investigation, or participating in an informal or formal resolution procedure.

The Office of EEO and Title IX is responsible for monitoring the University’s compliance with federal and state nondiscrimination laws, assisting with all aspects of investigating and resolving reported violations of Policy 311: Prevention of Unlawful Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct. The EEO and Title IX Coordinator is also designated as the ADA/504 Coordinator responsible for coordinating efforts to comply with federal and state disability laws and regulations. The University encourages those who have witnessed or experienced any form of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct to report the incident promptly, to seek all available assistance, and to pursue informal or formal resolution processes as described in this policy. Inquiries regarding equal opportunity policies, the filing of grievances, or requests for a copy of the University’s grievance procedures covering discrimination and harassment complaints should be directed to:

Belinda Guthrie, EEO and Title IX Coordinator
Office of EEO and Title IX
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-­0850

Office Location:

900 Lafayette Street, Suite 100
Santa Clara, CA 95050
Tel: 408.551.3043
Email: bguthrie@scu.edu

A person may also file a complaint within the time required by law with the appropriate federal or state agency. Depending upon the nature of the complaint, the appropriate agency may be the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal office for Civil Rights (OCR), or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

EQ|SCU—LGBTQIA Advocates 

Description:
EQ|SCU is an educational and support organization that provides educational and career resources, networking opportunities, and a social support system. The group also works to increase awareness of the concerns of bisexuals, gays, lesbians, and transgender persons within the law school. We hold regular meetings, sponsor final exam review sessions, support activism, invite speakers to the law school, and represent Santa Clara Law at national and local LGBT legal conferences, and career fairs. We also serve as a bridge between current law students, LGBT law school alumni, and SF Bay Area LGBT legal professionals.

Mission Statement:
EQ|SCU is an active and vital part of Santa Clara Law. Our organization is concerned with the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons at the law school and was founded on the basis to bring greater awareness and acceptance of diversity at Santa Clara Law.

EQ|SCU’s goals are to increase outreach efforts to LGBT students, provide support to LGBT students, sponsor speakers on LGBT issues, develop ties with the larger civil rights community, and serve as an information source on LGBT legal issues for all students and the larger community.

2018–2019 Officers:
James Chisel, Co-President: jchisel@scu.edu
Barbara Boktor, Co-President: bboktor@scu.edu
Jacqueline (Jacky) Galeno-Escobedo, Vice President: jgalenoescobedo@scu.edu
Kyle Frankeny, Treasurer: kfrankeny@scu.edu
Facebook: facebook.com/EQSCU-Equality-Santa-Clara-Law-196902521982

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

Yes

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

Michael W. Flynn
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Associate Clinical Professor of Law;
Director, Office of Academic and Bar Success

Charney Hall 321
mwflynn@scu.edu

Michael began teaching Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing at UC Hastings in 2007, and joined the Santa Clara Law faculty in 2010. He managed and coached in the moot court programs, helping students hone their advocacy skills. During that time, he served as the Coordinator of the Legal Writing Department. He then also took on the role of Director of the Office of Academic and Bar Success, where he helped students meet the academic challenges of law school, and pass the California Bar Exam. Outside the law school, Michael is a panel attorney for the Sixth District Appellate Program, and the California Appellate Project, where he serves as appointed counsel for clients appealing felony convictions.

Originally from Iowa, Michael earned his BA in ancient history from Tufts University. He then moved to San Francisco to earn his JD from UC Hastings. During that time, he coached and competed with several champion moot court teams. He was also the Co-Chair of Hastings Outlaw, which intervened in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez to defend the rights of LGBT students.

Following law school, Michael clerked for the Civil and Appellate Divisions of the San Francisco Superior Court, served as a Litigation Associate for a boutique firm in San Francisco, acted as General Counsel and Senior Vice-President of a social media marketing company, and then worked for a commercial bar prep company. He also created and hosted the podcast, Legal Lad’s Quick and Dirty Tips for a More Lawful Life.

Michael lives in San Francisco with his husband, black lab, and blue nose pit bull.

Education

JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law
BA, Tufts University

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

No

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

Who can enroll?

Regular full-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week for the university.

Eligible employees may also choose to enroll family members, including a legal spouse/registered domestic partner (as legally defined under state and local law; hereinafter referred to as “registered domestic partner”) and/or eligible children.

Children are considered eligible if they are:

  • Your or your spouse’s/state-registered domestic partner’s biological children, stepchildren, or adopted children up to age 26 regardless of student or tax status
  • Your or your spouse’s/state-registered domestic partner’s children of any age if they are incapable of self-support due to a physical or mental disability

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

Who can enroll?

Regular full-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week for the university.

Eligible employees may also choose to enroll family members, including a legal spouse/registered domestic partner (as legally defined under state and local law; hereinafter referred to as “registered domestic partner”) and/or eligible children.

Children are considered eligible if they are:

  • Your or your spouse’s/state-registered domestic partner’s biological children, stepchildren, or adopted children up to age 26 regardless of student or tax status
  • Your or your spouse’s/state-registered domestic partner’s children of any age if they are incapable of self-support due to a physical or mental disability

Additional Information

Santa Clara University School of Law allows LGBTQ candidates to self-identify on the application for admission. We reach out to those candidates prior to the beginning of their studies at the School of Law. Our student organization, EQ|SC, is an educational and support organization that provides educational and career resources, networking opportunities, and a social support system. The group also works to increase awareness of the concerns of bisexuals, gays, lesbians, and transgender persons within the law school. The group holds regular meetings, sponsors final exam review sessions, supports activism, invites speakers to the law school, and represents Santa Clara Law at national and local LGBT legal conferences and career fairs. It also serves as a bridge between current law students, LGBT law school alumni, and SF Bay Area LGBT legal professionals. EQ|SCU is an active and vital part of Santa Clara Law. The organization is concerned with the interests of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons at the law school and was founded on the basis to bring greater awareness and acceptance of diversity at Santa Clara Law. EQ|SCU's goals are to increase outreach efforts to LGBT students, provide support to LGBT students, sponsor speakers on LGBT issues, develop ties with the larger civil rights community, and serve as an information source on LGBT legal issues for all students and the larger community.