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LGBT Survey Results: Drake University Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

Drake University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, creed, national or ethnic origins, age, disability, or veteran status in administration of its employment and personnel policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other  university-administered programs. Further, Drake University reserves the right to take affirmative action in connection with this policy in accordance with applicable law.

Drake University admits students without regard to sexual orientation, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the university, and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation in administration of its employment and personnel policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs, except when such discrimination is required by federal or state law or regulations.

The Vice Provost for Human Resources has been designated coordinator of Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 regulations. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to

Vice Provost for Human Resources
Phone: 515.271.3133

Chair, University Equal Opportunity Committee
c/o President’s Office
2507 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone: 515.271.2191

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Drake Outlaws meets regularly to plan events or just to socialize. Our activities include having dinner with our openly gay faculty advisor or with LGBT alumni, and checking out some of the LGBT businesses in Des Moines. We bring speakers to campus on issues of importance to us, such as a recent HIV & the Law panel. We also organize the Law School Drag Show, which has great attendance from the whole school. The purpose of the drag show is to recruit student volunteers to perform alongside professional queens. All proceeds from the drag show are donated to a nonprofit. In the past we have donated to The (Iowa) Project and Iowa Primary Health, Inc.

We are a pretty diverse group of people, however you measure diversity. We are multiracial, cover a wide span of ages, and several of us are single or married parents of children. Our organization is meant to be inclusive and historically has received a lot of support from Allies at Drake. Our faculty advisor, Professor Maura Strassberg, has been out at the law school for over 20 years, and teaches both required first- and second-year classes and an upper-level course on Sexuality and the Law.

For more information, contact the Office of Admission at lawadmit@drake.edu.

LGBT Faculty

Professor Maura Strassberg
Email: maura.strassberg@drake.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

None

LGBT Course(s)

Drake Law students have the opportunity to study contemporary legal topics. Our professors recognize the importance of LGBT legal issues. For example, our case books include examples of complex LGBT legal issues. Also, one of the projects for first-year students is to write a sample brief on workplace discrimination on behalf of a transgender employee fired from her job.

Sexuality and the Law

It is the premise of this course not only that issues of sexuality are increasingly central to the law, but also that the law plays a significant role in the construction of both heterosexuality and homosexuality. Of particular interest is the way in which the legal regulation of homosexual conduct serves to define heterosexual identity as well as gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual identity. The course covers a number of theories of sexuality, ranging from old medical theories and modern biological theories to feminism and Foucault, and it examines how these theories have already or might in the future inform how the law regulates sexuality. The course covers sexuality-related issues in privacy doctrine, free speech, equal protection, family law, employment law, international law, and criminal law.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Domestic partners of Drake University faculty and staff are eligible for benefits provided to full-time employees.

Additional Information

Iowa has a long history of affirming absolute equality for all persons, starting with the Iowa Supreme Court’s refusal to recognize slavery in its very first case (1839) and require integration of education soon after (1873). In 1869, Iowa became the first state in the Union to admit a woman to the practice of law. In 2008, Iowa became the seventh state to recognize same-sex marriage and was the first in the “heartland” to do so. The Iowa legislature has enacted wide-ranging nondiscrimination laws covering employment, public accommodations, and education, and has enacted laws prohibiting bullying and hate crimes.

Iowa is a great place to study as an LGBT law student and to work as an LGBT lawyer.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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