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LGBT Survey Results: Suffolk University Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

Suffolk University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or Vietnam-era or disabled veteran status in its employment, admission policies, or in the administration of, operation of, or access to its academic and nonacademic programs and policies. It does not discriminate on the basis of disability in violation of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The number of LGBT students at Suffolk Law is large enough to support our very active Queer Law Alliance (QLA), an organization dedicated to serving current and prospective students through educational events, advocacy, and community service. The QLA also strives to provide a visible network of LGBT and ally students within the school and within the legal community of the greater Boston area. With the support of the Suffolk Law community, the QLA provides a forum in which to discuss legal issues facing the LGBT community through events featuring prominent figures in the Boston and national LGBT community.

LGBT Faculty

Sarah Boonin
Associate Clinical Professor of Law
Phone: 617.573.8479
Email: sboonin@suffolk.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Matthew Gavin
Assistant Dean of Admissions
Email: mgavin@suffolk.edu

Gerald Slater
Associate Dean of Professional and Career Development
Email: gslater@suffolk.edu

Brian Vaughn Martel
Associate Director of Professional and Career Development
Email: bvaughnmartel@suffolk.edu

LGBT Course(s)

  • Gender and the Law examines different perspectives of feminist legal theory and exposes different ways of thinking about the relationship between law and gender.
  • Sexual Orientation and the Law examines the ways in which the law regulates and recognizes sexuality and sexual orientation.
  • Workplace Bullying and Discrimination focuses on various forms of mistreatment of employees in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, bullying, and mobbing. We will examine organizational behavior, psychology, economics, and gender and race theory.
  • Individual Rights examines the themes relevant to the protection of individual liberty: freedom of expression, obscenity, hate speech, and privacy rights.

For more information on our academic, extracurricular, and scholarly work on issues of diversity, visit Diversity and Inclusion.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Suffolk University extends health and dental insurance to all full- and part-time employees (who work at least 24 hours per week in regularly budgeted positions). These benefits are extended to the same-sex domestic partners of its benefits-eligible employees. The dependent children of same-sex domestic partners are also eligible for coverage through Suffolk. Domestic partners must certify their relationship by completing an Affidavit of Domestic Partnership with the Human Resources Office.

Additional Information

Suffolk University Law School has an established presence in the local LGBT community, and our active student group, the Queer Law Alliance, maintains close ties with the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association. Suffolk has a long history of producing influential LGBT alumni, including Cheryl Jacques, JD ’87, former president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Our application for admission includes an optional question allowing applicants to self-identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender; all applicants have the option of including a preferred name. Suffolk has successfully enrolled and graduated transgender students and provides unisex facilities available to all students. Suffolk Law is located in the heart of downtown Boston, which has been at the forefront of the LGBT rights movement. Massachusetts became the first US state to legalize same-sex marriage in 2004, and our students and alumni continue to play a major role in the equal rights movement.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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