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LGBT Survey Results: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Yeshiva University

Nondiscrimination Policy

Yeshiva University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in admissions and all other facets of its educational programs and activities. In accordance with the requirements of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association, which serve as the accrediting agencies of law schools, as well as the human rights law applicable to schools, the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law adheres to the following statement:

All decisions with regard to students are based on equitable and equally applied standards of excellence and all programs involving students, academic and nonacademic, are administered without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran or disabled veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or other protected classifications as those terms are used in the law. In addition, this policy is designed to maintain a work and academic environment free of sexual harassment and intimidation.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OUTlaw, the student group for LGBT people and their supporters, is very active and frequently organizes educational panels, networking events, and social events. For more information, contact

LGBT Faculty

Michelle Adams
Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0478

Edward Stein
Professor of Law
Phone: 212.790.0269

LGBT Administrator(s)

David Martinidez
Dean of Admissions

Leslie Thrope
Director, Center for Public Service Law

Joshua Epstein
Program Director, Graduate and International Programs

Tina Chandna
Assistant Director, Center for Career Advancement and Professionalism

LGBT Course(s)

Issues concerning the rights of LGBT people are frequently discussed in many of our courses, from Constitutional Law to Family Law. LGBT-specific courses are listed below.

Sexual Orientation, Gender, and Law

Professor: E. Stein/A. David
Credits: 2
Pre/Corequisite: None

This course looks at legal issues relating to sexual orientation and gender, especially questions relating to lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights; women’s rights; and the rights of transgender people. The course looks at both constitutional and statutory issues, with particular attention to issues relating to speech, families, reproduction, and discrimination.

Constitutional Law II

Professors: Adams, Hamilton, Herz, Reinert, Rosenfeld, Weisberg, Rudenstine
Credits: 3
Pre/Corequisite: None

Sources, content, and scope of constitutional, protection-afforded, individual rights, focusing on “unenumerated” fundamental rights, the equal protection clause (including, but not limited to, bars on racial and sexual discrimination), and freedom of speech.

Employment Discrimination I: Title 7 and the ADEA

Professor: Jacobson
Credits: 3
Pre/Corequisite: None

Employment Discrimination I addresses issues raised by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, covering discrimination based on race, sex, religion, color, and alienage. It also addresses issues raised by the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967.

Family Law

Professor: E. Stein, Maldonado, Collins, S. Stone, Grossman
Credits: 3
Pre/Corequisite: None

This course examines federal and state laws concerning familial relationships (broadly construed). The course focuses on legal familial relations between adults, specifically: who can get married; the rights, duties, and obligations of marriage; the state’s interest in marriage; the dissolution of marriages; and the distribution of property upon dissolution. The course also considers alternatives to marriage, interracial families, and same-sex familial relationships. Special attention is paid to policy-based and theoretical questions about families.

Federal Civil Rights Law

Professor: Gilles, Adams
Credits: 3
Pre/Corequisite: None. Prior coursework in Constitutional Law or Federal Courts is recommended, but not required.

This course considers the interpretation and effect of significant federal civil rights legislation. The course begins with the Reconstruction statutes, 42 U.S.C. Sections 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1985, with particular focus on Section 1983. Students will study the following issues in some detail: constitutional and nonconstitutional rights enforceable under Section 1983, types of immunity defenses, governmental liability, and attorneys’ fees. Students will then examine the civil rights legislation enacted during the 1960s and 70s, with particular focus on Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Titles IV and IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Finally, students will consider more recent civil rights statues, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. The course concludes with a discussion of the future of civil rights law in relation to the war on terror, immigration, sexual orientation, and other current and controversial intersections.

International Human Rights

Professor: Rona
Credits: 3
Pre/Corequisite: None

This course assesses the political theories, laws, and institutions that address recognition and protection of human dignity. The idea that humans have rights under international law is both radical and essential: radical because international law traditionally governed state-to-state relations, not ones between the state and individuals; essential because states often cannot or will not protect fundamental notions of human dignity in the absence of an international legal superstructure.

Students will explore the idea of human rights as a body of international law, its origins, progress, implementation, and enforcement. Students will study its relation to other bodies of international law, such as the laws of armed conflict, international criminal law, refugee law, and the law of state responsibility, as well as its relation to domestic legal frames of civil rights and civil liberties. Students will discuss distinctions between the so-called “first generation” of civil and political rights and the “second generation” of social, economic, and cultural rights, as well as distinctions between individual and group rights. Students will consider whether nonstate entities, such as armed groups, and businesses, such as extractive industries and private military and security contractors, have human rights obligations.

Students will explore discrimination—including discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, and disability—and we will measure progress toward its elimination.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Yeshiva University recognize same-sex marriages and provide health insurance and related benefits to the same-sex spouses of faculty and administrators.

Additional Information

Cardozo School of Law is located in the heart of Greenwich Village in Manhattan, a few blocks from the Stonewall Inn, sometimes called the birthplace of the gay rights movement in America. Befitting its location, LGBT students are fully and openly welcomed as members of the law school community.

Cardozo has organized numerous public events on topics of interest to LGBT people, including events relating to politics and marriage equality and the US military’s policy on sexual orientation. Cardozo also hosts an annual career fair for LGBT law school students from the greater New York City law school community and a monthly meeting of New York-area law professors who write about sexuality, gender, and the law.

Additionally, Cardozo has numerous faculty members and senior administrators who are openly LGBT.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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