Willamette University College of Law

Willamette University College of Law
245 Winter Street SE, Salem, OR 97301, USA
Phone: 503.370.6282
Email: law-admissions@willamette.edu | Website: www.willamette.edu/law

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

Willamette University is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and academic programs. The University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability, or age. Willamette is firmly committed to adhering to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws.

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

Willamette University is a diverse community that provides equal opportunity in employment, activities, and academic programs. The University shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status with regard to pregnancy, disability, or age. Willamette is firmly committed to adhering to the letter and spirit of all federal and state equal opportunity and civil rights laws.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral restrooms?

Yes

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

OUTLaw promotes the awareness of, and appreciation for, LGBT issues within the context of the law and provides a forum for the discussion of those issues. We aim to support one another, educate those around us, and celebrate diversity.

OUTLaw provides a safe place to socialize, support one another, and work together for success. Everyone associated with Willamette University College of Law is invited to participate in OUTLaw. However, participants are expected to respect the basic tenets of the organization, which are that all LGBT people should receive the same basic rights afforded heterosexuals and that all people should be judged by their individual character, not their sexual orientation.

For more information, please contact

J.R. Tarabocchia
Director of Recruitment & Student Activities
jtarabocchia@willamette.edu
 

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

Andrew Gilden
Assistant Professor of Law
Email: agilden@willamette.edu

Susan Smith
Professor of Law
Director of the Certificate Program in Sustainability
Email: smiths@willamette.edu

Prospective students may also contact the Office of Admission:
Phone: 503.370.6282
Email: law-admission@willamette.edu

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

Leah Straley
Associate Director of Admissions
Email: lstraley@willamette.edu

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

Several courses are offered that cover topics and issues related to the LGBT community, and professors have open discussions about how these issues could be affected by LGBT concerns:

  • Employment Law and Discrimination
  • Sexuality and Discrimination
  • Law and Education
  • Human Rights
  • Oregon Family Law Practice
  • independent research
  • externships

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

Students interested in learning about domestic-partner benefits are encouraged to visit the Bishop Wellness Center website or contact the Bishop Wellness Center for services, resources, and coverage information:

Bishop Wellness Center
Baxter Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6062

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Human Resources website or contact the Willamette University Human Resources department for more information about services, resources, and coverage:

Human Resources
Executive Building
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6210
Email: hr@willamette.edu

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

Students interested in learning about domestic-partner benefits are encouraged to visit the Bishop Wellness Center website or contact the Bishop Wellness Center for services, resources, and coverage information:

Bishop Wellness Center
Baxter Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6062

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Human Resources website or contact the Willamette University Human Resources department for more information about services, resources, and coverage:

Human Resources
Executive Building
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6210
Email: hr@willamette.edu

 

Additional Information

Willamette University College of Law proudly provides students along sexuality and gender spectra with the support needed to persist throughout law school. Willamette Law is a safe space for all people to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender in an open and nonassuming atmosphere.

Overall, the state of Oregon is LGBT friendly. We are proud of the fact that our supreme court has two openly gay justices (in the nation, there are only six); our governor is the first openly bisexual governor; our state house speaker was the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation; and the mayor of Silverton, a city 15 miles from Willamette Law, was the nation's first openly transgender mayor.

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Oregon since 2014 and same-sex domestic partnerships have been legal since 2008. Oregon hate-crime laws prohibit crimes based on either gender identity or sexual orientation.

Willamette prefers that students choose to address their sexual orientation, identity, or gender in their application as they are comfortable. Willamette is home to many gender-inclusive restrooms, including several in both law buildings. Willamette works closely with the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, OGALLA. In fact, in 2018, two of our students were honored by OGALLA as recipients of the prestigious Shepherd Scholarship.