Stetson University College of Law

Stetson University College of Law
1401 61st Street South, Gulfport, FL 33707
Phone: 727.562.7802 | Fax: 727.343.0136
Email: lawadmit@law.stetson.edu | Website: www.law.stetson.edu

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

Stetson University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, or disability in the recruitment and employment of its faculty and staff. Stetson University’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination extends to recruitment, employment, advancement and promotion, compensation and benefits administration, training and development and other personnel actions.
  
It is the policy of Stetson University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school-administered programs. The policy is enforced by Stetson and, where applicable, federal laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The University is an equal opportunity educational institution.

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

Stetson University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin, age, marital status, or disability in the recruitment and employment of its faculty and staff. Stetson University’s commitment to equal employment opportunity and nondiscrimination extends to recruitment, employment, advancement and promotion, compensation and benefits administration, training and development and other personnel actions.
  
It is the policy of Stetson University not to discriminate on the basis of sex, disability, race, age, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical characteristics, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law in its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, employment, or other school-administered programs. The policy is enforced by Stetson and, where applicable, federal laws such as Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The University is an equal opportunity educational institution.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

The active Lambda Legal Society provides a forum for exploring the legal issues faced by people who identify as gay or lesbian. One of the goals of the Lambda Legal Society is to provide tools young attorneys need to deal with the increasing number of gay and lesbian clients that come to us seeking legal protection. Students need not identify with any particular sexual orientation to belong. Lambda works with Stetson administration to provide a safe, supportive environment for LGBTQIA students and allies.

Faculty Advisors

Ellen S. Podgor
Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor
Email: epodgor@law.stetson.edu

Joseph F. Morrissey
Professor of Law
Email: jmorriss@law.stetson.edu

Darren Kettles
Director of Admissions
Email: dkettles@law.stetson.edu

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

Ellen S. Podgor
Gary R. Trombley Family White-Collar Crime Research Professor
Email: epodgor@law.stetson.edu

Joseph F. Morrissey
Professor of Law
Email: jmorriss@law.stetson.edu

Jason S. Palmer
Professor of Law
Email: jspalmer@law.stetson.edu

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

Darren Kettles
Director of Admissions
Email: dkettles@law.stetson.edu

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

Stetson offers a number of courses related to gender and sexuality issues, including the Law and Sexual Orientation Seminar (LAW 3675). This course explores the rapidly expanding relationship between the law and sexual orientation, gender, and nonconformity. It examines various legal principles that have been or might be used to limit the ability of government and other institutions to disadvantage people because of their sexual orientation. The course looks at issues such as equal protection, privacy, and due process, and explores how courts have used these doctrines in consideration of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals in critical aspects of their lives, such as employment, housing, and family relationships. Thus, the course addresses issues that will likely arise in virtually all law practices.

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

Yes. For more information, visit Benefits.

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

The domestic partners of Stetson students, faculty, and staff have access to health insurance benefits.

Stetson University College of Law is committed to the equitable availability of family benefits and privileges among both married employees and those employees living in certified domestic partnerships. Therefore, employees living in certified domestic partnerships who meet applicable eligibility guidelines qualify for participation in health, dental, vision, and dependent life insurance programs, tuition waivers, the Employee Assistance Program, and facility privileges such as pool and gym utilization. For more information, visit Benefits.

Additional Information

Stetson embraces all aspects of diversity. With global citizenship and social justice among our core values, we invest considerable effort in recruiting a diverse student body, including students from the LGBTQIA community. We have openly gay and lesbian professors and staff, and LGBTQIA students are active leaders in all areas of student life.

The Gulfport/St. Petersburg area provides an equally supportive community. The five-day-long St. Pete Pride festival hosts the largest Pride Parade event in Florida. Stetson Law participates in its annual parade each summer. Stetson students have donated legal pro bono service hours drafting the equality handbook published by Equality Florida, which is based in St. Petersburg.

Stetson students helped successfully advocate for the City of Gulfport to pass a human rights ordinance protecting citizens from being denied services based on their sexuality. Gulfport was also the first city in Pinellas County, Florida, to create a domestic partnership registry to extend legal rights to health care and dependent education to domestic partners.

The Tampa Bay Stetson Law alumni also raised funds to endow a PRIDE award, given each year at graduation to a student who has contributed greatly both to the Stetson Law LGBTQIA community and to the community at large.