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LGBT Survey Results: DePaul University College of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

It is the policy of DePaul University College of Law that no person shall be the object of discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, parental status, family relationship status, physical or mental disability, military status, or other status protected by local, state, or federal law in its employment or its educational settings. DePaul University reserves the right to take actions that are consistent with its policies and procedures to deal with individuals found to have engaged in harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation in violation of this policy.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

DePaul College of Law has a variety of LGBT community involvement, including student organizations, law journals, and clinics.

Outlaws

DePaul Outlaws is a student-led organization providing a support system for our law students identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and straight allies. Outlaws provides a forum to discuss issues affecting the LGBT community while allowing students to network with successful lawyers in the LGBT community. As part of Outlaws, students can expect to be kept informed of current issues affecting LGBT rights, available scholarships, important networking events, job fairs, and upcoming internship deadlines.

In recent years, Outlaws highlights include assisting NLG with a trans awareness project; increasing awareness at DePaul Law of gender pronoun usage; hosting “Meet the LGBTQ Judges Night” with 10 judges from across Cook County; walking in the PRIDE parade sponsored by a Chicago law firm; organizing lectures by the founder of the Transformative Justice Law Project, a trans-advocacy group; hosting LGBTQ asylum immigration presentations; facilitating discussions with DePaul law professors on cutting-edge legal issues; participating in the “March on Springfield” in support of marriage equality; attending National Coming Out Day events; participating in inter law school socials; and working on “Out in the NFL” presentations. Moreover, DePaul College of Law Outlaws members are regularly invited to events and presentations hosted by very prominent law firms across the country.

Since its founding, Outlaws has dedicated its efforts on four goals:

  1. Raising awareness of legal issues and current events for the LGBT community.
  2. Educating DePaul College of Law students on those issues and possible solutions.
  3. Increasing social acceptance of lesbian and gay students at DePaul College of Law.
  4. Providing a welcoming and supportive environment for LGBT law students.

In addition to Outlaws, there is an active ACLU organization on campus, which fosters debate on civil liberties, including LGBT issues.

Journals

Two journals offer open dialogue about LGBT issues. DePaul Journal of Women, Gender, and the Law is a student-run publication committed to advancing legal rights concerning women and gender domestically and internationally. The journal publishes at least two issues per academic year. In addition, the DePaul Journal for Social Justice promotes the discussion of social justice policy issues. It encourages submissions of interdisciplinary work, and accepts work with a nonconventional presentation, which helps to expand and broaden content options and to better engage readers.

Clinics

Legal clinics at DePaul College of Law serve to support the LGBT community. The Civil Rights Clinic focuses on civil rights cases involving police or prison misconduct as well as other claims involving race, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity discrimination. Typically, these cases include physical brutality, sexual abuse, false arrests and imprisonment, and/or illegal searches by law enforcement officials.

LGBT Student Services

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, Asexual, and Ally (LGBTQA) Student Services at DePaul University exists to promote, foster, and support a campus environment that is inclusive of people from all sexualities and gender identities. This mission is achieved through a range of services, educational programs, and community building events that reflect the needs and interests of the diverse LGBTQA communities at DePaul.

LGBT Faculty

DePaul University’s LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network exists to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning faculty and staff at the university. The network aims to foster community, advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals, and serve as a resource for all faculty and staff. The network is open to any self-selected DePaul University faculty or staff person interested in affirming and acting in alliance with the LGBTQ community.

LGBT Administrator(s)

DePaul University’s LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network exists to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning faculty and staff at the university. The network aims to foster community, advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals, and serve as a resource for all faculty and staff. The network is open to any self-selected DePaul University faculty or staff person interested in affirming and acting in alliance with the LGBTQ community.

The DePaul administration has been very supportive of and helpful with the events and projects of all organizations, journals, and clinics addressing LGBT issues within the College of Law.

LGBT Course(s)

LAW 206 Sexual Orientation and the Law is an examination of the legal issues raised by sexual orientation. Beginning with prosecution of sodomy and legal discrimination, it also includes exclusion from military service and anti-civil rights initiatives. The struggle for gay and lesbian rights will be examined in the context of employment, schools, and domestic relations. (3 semester hours)

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Health benefits at DePaul University are applicable to legal spouses under federal law and to domestic partners and the children of domestic partners. The DePaul tuition waiver policy applies to full-time faculty, full-time staff, and retirees, as well as their eligible spouses or unrelated Second Domiciled Adult (SDA) and dependent children.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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