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LGBT Survey Results: Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Mitchell Hamline School of Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Out!Law, the association for members of the LGBT community and its allies, has been on campus for over 26 years. The association’s current officers are listed on the Out!Law website.

LGBT Faculty

Nearly 20 percent of Mitchel Hamline’s full-time faculty self-identifies as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. A substantial majority of its faculty passed a resolution opposing an amendment to the state constitution that would have effectively banned same-sex marriage. (The amendment was rejected by Minnesota voters, and the state legislature passed a bill in 2013 legalizing same-sex marriage.)

Contact Information

Luiza Dreasher
Phone: 651.290.6416

Carolyn Grose
Phone: 651.290.6418

Colette Routel
Phone: 651.290.6327

Denise Roy
Phone: 651.290.6385

Anthony Winer
Phone: 651.290.6365

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

  • The Assisted Reproductive Technology and the Law Seminar deals with the legal implications of assisted reproductive technologies on family formation. Topics will include sperm and egg donation, surrogacy, in vitro fertilization, and artificial insemination, as well as the constitutional underpinnings of procreative liberty. The course will pay particular attention to how the law defines parenthood and how that definition impacts families who use assisted reproductive technologies.
  • The Feminist Jurisprudence course involves a review of selected issues in an effort to reconcile the law with the female experience. Feminist jurisprudence has been called one of the most important movements in legal scholarship today. Feminist scholars argue that the traditional body of law reflects the male emphasis on rights and abstractions while ignoring the distinctive perspectives of women. Scholarship spans every area of law, from sexual harassment to battered wives who kill their husbands, from the “no duty to rescue” rule to redefining fundamental legal concepts like what constitutes an injury.
  • The Sexual Orientation and the Law course investigates a series of key issues in sexuality from various legal and jurisprudential perspectives, including contraception, abortion, homosexuality, prostitution, sexual violence, and pornography. Sexual behavior is an essential part of human existence; the species could not survive without it. Similarly, the law as an institution is central to modern ordered society. One might thus expect the interface between the law, as the elemental definer of society, and sexuality, as an essential part of human life, to be not only fascinating, but also much explored. Although indeed fascinating, the subject has only now, since the end of the 20th century, begun to attract serious academic inquiry.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

  • Eligibility: Our comprehensive benefits package is available to all full-time and part-time (20 hours or more per week) faculty and staff except where noted.
  • Dependents: Generally, eligible dependents include spouses, same-sex domestic partners, children up to age 26, or disabled dependents.

Additional Information

Mitchell Hamline School of Law has long believed that diversity, in all its forms, benefits its classrooms and the legal profession. The school also regularly offers classes and events that address issues of importance to the LGBT community and its supporters.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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