St. John’s University School of Law

St. Johns University School of Law
8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, USA
Phone: 718.990.6474 | Fax: 718.990.2526
Email: lawinfo@stjohns.edu | Website: www.stjohns.edu/law

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

St. John’s University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; national or ethnic origin; sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence); sexual orientation; gender identity and gender expression; disability; religion; age; status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status); marital status; status as a victim of domestic violence; citizenship status; genetic predisposition or carrier status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and university policies.

The following person has been designated to handle student inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations:

Dorothy Schmitt
Associate Director of the Counseling Center
Marillac Hall, Room 130

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
718.990.1482

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the Title IX coordinator for purposes of overall campus compliance:

Yael Wepman
Director of Employee Relations and Compliance

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
wepmany@stjohns.edu
718.990.2660

The following person has been designated as deputy Title IX coordinator for the Office of Student Life:

Jackie Lochrie
Associate Dean for Student Services
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
lochriej@stjohns.edu
718.990.6568

The following person has been designated as deputy Title IX coordinator for athletics:

Kathleen F. Meehan
Associate Vice President for Athletics
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
meehank@stjohns.edu
718.990.6173

Inquiries concerning the application of antidiscrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education. For further information on antidiscrimination, visit this website for the address and phone number of the US Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1.800.421.3481.

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

St. John’s University does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; national or ethnic origin; sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence); sexual orientation; gender identity and gender expression; disability; religion; age; status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status); marital status; status as a victim of domestic violence; citizenship status; genetic predisposition or carrier status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and university policies.

The following person has been designated to handle student inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations:

Dorothy Schmitt
Associate Director of the Counseling Center
Marillac Hall, Room 130

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
718.990.1482

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and to serve as the Title IX coordinator for purposes of overall campus compliance:

Yael Wepman
Director of Employee Relations and Compliance

8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
wepmany@stjohns.edu
718.990.2660

The following person has been designated as deputy Title IX coordinator for the Office of Student Life:

Jackie Lochrie
Associate Dean for Student Services
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
lochriej@stjohns.edu
718.990.6568

The following person has been designated as deputy Title IX coordinator for athletics:

Kathleen F. Meehan
Associate Vice President for Athletics
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
meehank@stjohns.edu
718.990.6173

Inquiries concerning the application of antidiscrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights of the United States Department of Education. For further information on antidiscrimination, visit this website for the address and phone number of the US Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1.800.421.3481.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OUTLaws and Allies
outlaws.sju@gmail.com

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

Larry Cunningham
larry.cunningham@stjohns.edu
718.990.7616

Anna Roberts
roberta1@stjohns.edu
718.990.2179

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

Sarah Kelly
kellys@stjohns.edu
718.990.8358

Susan Landrum
landrums@stjohns.edu
718.990.3128

Eric Shannon
shannoe1@stjohns.edu
718.990.6044

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?

St. John’s University Welfare Benefit Plan
Amendment and Restatement
Effective January 1, 2014

Excerpt—page 1 (in relevant part)

Section 1.2     Purpose and Intent
The purpose of the Plan is to enable eligible employees to obtain health and welfare benefit coverage (the “Benefits”) for themselves, their spouses and their eligible dependent children, and to provide them the ability to pay any portion of a benefit on a pre-tax basis, where applicable.

Section 1.3     Definitions
With respect to a plan established pursuant to Section 125 of the Code, “Dependent” shall have the meaning given such term under Section 152 of the Code, without regard to Section 152(b)(1) or (b)(2), or Section 152(d)(1)(B), and shall include the Employee’s same- or opposite-sex spouse.        

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

No

Additional Information

LGBTQ students at St. John's University School of Law experience a welcoming environment, and are supported by faculty and administrators as well as a robust LGBTQ student organization, OUTLaws and Allies. OUTLaws and Allies engages our student community by planning professional and social events each semester and reaching out to admitted students who indicate on their applications that they are LGBTQ. Drawing on the diverse and welcoming legal community in New York City and our alumni base, members of OUTLaws have the opportunity to network with LGBTQ-friendly employers and members of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York on a regular basis, and the school hosts LGBTQ judges and practitioners at student-centered events. Members of the LGBTQ student and alumni community are also celebrated each year at our annual Diversity and Inclusion Gala. In regards to diversity and inclusion in the curriculum, a number of professors have included LGBTQ fact patterns in class hypotheticals, assignments, and exams. In terms of admission, there is an optional statement in the law school application that states the following: “If there are economic, cultural, or social factors that have been significant in your development and identity, or that have presented obstacles to you, and you wish the Admissions Committee to consider those factors in evaluating your application, please provide a supplementary statement describing these obstacles.”

LGBTQ issues and topics are covered or raised in the following courses:

Catholic Social Thought and the Law
Colloquium in Law: Law and Religion
Comparative Equality Seminar
Comparative Law
Constitutional Law II
Consumer Protection
Immigration Law
International Human Rights Law
Legislative and Statutory Interpretation
Professional Responsibility
The First Amendment: the Religion Clauses
Trust and Estates