University of Miami School of Law

University of Miami School of Law
PO Box 248087, Coral Gables, FL 33124-8087
Phone: 305.284.2523 | Fax: 305.284.3084
Email: admissions@law.miami.edu | Website: www.law.miami.edu

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

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any  other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on campus or off campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.

The University does not intend by this commitment to require compliance with this policy by governmental or external organizations that associate with but are not controlled by the University, except as required by law. The University provides designated offices that are responsible for coordinating the University’s effort to implement the nondiscrimination policy and Affirmative Action Programs for employees, students, or any other individual who accesses or seeks to access services provided by the University. Individuals may contact any of the following offices at the address and/or telephone number provided below, as appropriate.

For student ADA accommodations, contact the Assistant Dean Student/Post Graduate Support Services and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator; Office of Disability Services, 1306 Stanford Drive, Whitten UC Suite 2400, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Phone: (305) 284-2800. For student discrimination matters, contact the Director of Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator; University Compliance Services, Gables One Tower, Suite 700, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146; Phone: (305) 284-4636. For all other matters, contact the Director of Workplace Equity and Performance, and Employee ADA Coordinator, Workplace Equity and Performance Office, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Gables One Tower, Suite 100R, Coral Gables, FL 33146; Phone: (305) 284-3064.

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

It is the policy of the University of Miami that no person within the jurisdiction thereof shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any  other protected factor be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination or harassment (including all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence) under any program or activity of the University, regardless of whether such program or activity occurs on campus or off campus. Retaliation against an individual who files a complaint of discrimination, opposes a policy/procedure/practice because he/she believes it to be discriminatory, or who participates in the investigation of a discrimination complaint, is prohibited.

The University does not intend by this commitment to require compliance with this policy by governmental or external organizations that associate with but are not controlled by the University, except as required by law. The University provides designated offices that are responsible for coordinating the University’s effort to implement the nondiscrimination policy and Affirmative Action Programs for employees, students, or any other individual who accesses or seeks to access services provided by the University. Individuals may contact any of the following offices at the address and/or telephone number provided below, as appropriate.

For student ADA accommodations, contact the Assistant Dean Student/Post Graduate Support Services and ADA/Section 504 Coordinator; Office of Disability Services, 1306 Stanford Drive, Whitten UC Suite 2400, Coral Gables, FL 33146, Phone: (305) 284-2800. For student discrimination matters, contact the Director of Compliance, and Title IX Coordinator; University Compliance Services, Gables One Tower, Suite 700, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, FL 33146; Phone: (305) 284-4636. For all other matters, contact the Director of Workplace Equity and Performance, and Employee ADA Coordinator, Workplace Equity and Performance Office, 1320 South Dixie Highway, Gables One Tower, Suite 100R, Coral Gables, FL 33146; Phone: (305) 284-3064.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OutLaw
Email: 
outlaw@law.miami.edu
Webpage: OUTLaw
Facebook: OUTLAW - University of Miami

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

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

  • Raquel M. Matas: Associate Dean for Administration; Counsel to the Dean; Acting Director, Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Estate Development & Lecturer in Law, rmatas@law.miami.edu

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

The curriculum includes numerous courses that discuss or focus on gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or LGBTQ issues, including

  • Family Law
  • Feminism and the First Amendment
  • Second Amendment Fundamentalism Seminar
  • Cyber Civil Rights Initiative Practicum  
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Social Justice
  • Social Impact Advocacy Practicum
  • Social Justice & Public Interest Concentration 
  • Religious Freedom and Same-Sex Marriage

Many faculty incorporate material on LGBTQ issues in their regular substantive courses such as Trusts and Estates, Property, Federal Income Tax, Constitutional Law II, and Immigration Law. Additionally, many of our clinics, including Children and Youth Law, Health Rights, Immigration, and Human Rights, represent LGBT clients or address LGBT policy issues as part of the clinic’s public policy work.

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

 Yes, same-sex spousal benefits are equal to opposite-sex spousal benefits

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

The University does not offer employee dependent benefits to domestic partners. 

Additional Information

Faculty, administrators, and students offer a very supportive work environment for LGBTQ employees at all levels. Miami Law implemented recommendations made by the University of Miami LGBTQ Task Force. Additionally, the law school is a full participant in the university’s IBIS Ally Network, and the University supports LGBTQ well-being through other webpages such as LGBTQ & Health and Our Impact.

There is significant and active involvement by the faculty, senior administrative staff, and alumni with the LGBTQ community locally and nationally. Examples include serving as national chairs of the LGBTQ Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association; speaking and chairing the National Summit of Latino Legal Professionals; being honored for leadership in the LGBTQ community by such organizations as the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; and partnering with the faculty, senior administrative staff, OUTLaw, and alumni to establish the first-ever Marriage Equality Series. The Series highlighted alumna Liz Schwartz, one of the lead lawyers in the Florida marriage equality case, and alumnus Richard Milstein, one of the plaintiffs on the federal marriage equality case filed in Florida. Alumnus Dale Noll (a former OUTLaw president) was past president of the National LGBTQ Bar Association and has been a board member since 2015. Historically, support for the LGBTQ community has always been part of our fabric and culture. Over two decades ago, law school representatives established one of the first LGBTQ student organizations on a law school campus, as well as one of the first organizations for LGBTQ attorneys in South Florida.

Miami Law was at the forefront of efforts to ensure that no employer who discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation would interview on campus. Additionally, working with the leadership of the Florida Bar, Miami Law helped to establish Florida as one of the first states in the country to include sexual orientation among the categories of individuals protected by the Rules of Conduct of the Florida Bar.

Miami Law participates in the annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, and the Career Development Office is both sensitive and proactive when helping LGBTQ students with employment opportunities.

Prospective students should not hesitate to contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office (admissions@law.miami.edu) if they wish to be connected with one of our out students, faculty, or administrators to learn more about the LGBTQ environment at Miami Law.