William & Mary Law School

William & Mary Law School
613 South Henry Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185, USA
Phone: 757.221.3785 | Fax: 757.221.3261
Email: lawadm@wm.edu | Website: www.law.wm.edu

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

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students and employees that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as, without limitation, race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. William & Mary also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by law.

In fulfillment of this policy and by using the services or facilities of William & Mary Law School’s Office of Career Services (including, but not limited to, the posting of jobs and participating in the law school’s on- and off-campus interview programs), employers acknowledge that they have read and understand this policy and that their recruiting and employment practices are consistent with this policy.

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

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students and employees that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as, without limitation, race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. William & Mary also provides reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities as required by law.

In fulfillment of this policy and by using the services or facilities of William & Mary Law School’s Office of Career Services (including, but not limited to, the posting of jobs and participating in the law school’s on- and off-campus interview programs), employers acknowledge that they have read and understand this policy and that their recruiting and employment practices are consistent with this policy.

Does your law school provide gender-neutral bathrooms?

Yes

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

LGBTQIA Equality Alliance

The LGBTQIA Equality Alliance works to bring attention and awareness to the legal issues affecting gender and sexual minorities as well as provide a community and safe space for LGBTQIA students and their allies. In today’s legal world, it is imperative that law students know about the legal issues surrounding topics such as transgender rights, immigration and health care reform, employment discrimination, and other civil rights issues. The Alliance sponsors speakers and film showings on current major LGBTQIA legal events. In addition, the Alliance advocates for LGBTQIA students, works with the law school administration to promote tolerance and awareness in the school, and organizes social events. Students who want to get involved or just learn more about these issues are always welcome!

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

No

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

No

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

LAW 501: Law and Social Justice Seminar

This seminar will discuss whether and to what extent our legal system, including its law schools, perpetuates or counteracts social injustice. Many of the readings derive from modern critical legal theory, particularly critical race theory and radical feminism, and from liberal and nonliberal responses thereto. These readings primarily address the subordination of particular groups in our society and ways in which taken-for-granted legal categories—such as objective/subjective, public/private, and negative rights/positive rights—serve to entrench hierarchies of power and wealth. Other readings include foundational political theories (e.g., Mill, Rawls, Nozick) and classic texts on topics such as civil disobedience and justified revolution. Discussions will mostly be student-directed. This course is offered every other year.

LAW 452: Employment Discrimination

This course surveys the laws prohibiting discrimination in employment. In particular, the course emphasizes case law under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (race, religion, sex, or national origin), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students will learn the basic doctrinal frameworks applicable to disparate treatment, disparate impact, and mixed-motives cases and trace their evolution through statutes and judicial decisions. The course also will include brief overviews of remedies for and economic theories of employment discrimination. Employment Law (LAW 456) is not a prerequisite.

“Advancing LGBTQIA Rights in a Post-Obergefell World” Symposium

Learn about the Symposium

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

Eligibility for Coverage

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for coverage if you are a part- or full-time, salaried, classified employee, or a regular, full-time or part-time salaried faculty. Your eligible dependents also may be covered. Retirees, long-term disability participants, and survivors may also be eligible for coverage. Contact your agency’s benefits administrator for assistance.

You may choose your type of membership as follows:

  • Employee/retiree single—to cover yourself only
  • Employee/retiree plus one—to cover yourself and one eligible dependent
  • Family—to cover yourself and two or more eligible dependents

Members who cover ineligible persons may be removed from the program for a period of up to three years. In addition, the member will be responsible for claims paid in error and will be unable to reduce health benefits membership except within 60 days of the dependent’s loss of eligibility or during open enrollment.

Dependent Eligibility Definitions and Required Documentation

Dependents Eligibility Definition Documentation Required
Spouse

The marriage must be recognized as legal in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Note: Ex-spouses will not be eligible, even with a court order.

  • Photocopy of certified or registered marriage certificate, and
  • Photocopy of the top portion of the first page of the employee's most recent Federal Tax Return that shows the dependent listed as “Spouse.” NOTE: All financial information and Social Security numbers can be redacted.
Natural or Adopted Son/Daughter A son or daughter may be covered to the end of the year in which he or she turns age 26.
  • Photocopy of birth certificate or legal adoptive agreement showing employee’s name (Note: If this is a legal preadoptive agreement, it must be reviewed and approved by the Office of Health Benefits.)
Stepson or Stepdaughter A stepson or stepdaughter may be covered to the end of the year in which he or she turns age 26.
  • Photocopy of birth certificate (or adoption agreement) showing the name of the employee’s spouse; and
  • Photocopy of marriage certificate showing the employee and dependent parent’s name; and
  • Photocopy of the most recent Federal Tax Return that shows the dependent’s parent listed as “Spouse.”

State and Local Health Benefits Programs Nondiscrimination Notice

Commonwealth of Virginia’s Health Benefits Programs Nondiscrimination Notice

The State and Local Health Benefits Programs of the Department of Human Resource Management (the “Health Plan”), sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia (the “Commonwealth”), complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. The Plan does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

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

No

Additional Information

To learn about LGBT life from our students directly, visit LGBT (& Ally) Life at W&M Law.

While Williamsburg is a relatively small community, we are in close proximity to Richmond, Newport News, and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, where there is a more prevalent LGBT nightlife.

Virginia is a rather conservative state, but many of our students feel that Williamsburg and the law school community are supportive in their interactions and understanding of the law school LGBT population. The law school staff is knowledgeable about many issues affecting the LGBT community and how to be respectful of them.

In the law school application process, how an applicant addresses their sexual orientation or identity is up to them, and it is under their discretion whether they disclose any personal information. We have successfully enrolled students from across the LGBT spectrum, including transgender students.