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LGBT Survey Results: Temple University—James E. Beasley School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations. The university has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability. This policy extends to all educational, service, and employment programs of the university.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Phone: 215.204.1253

LGBT Faculty

Nancy Knauer
Professor of Law

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

Sexual Orientation and the Law

This course will explore the relationship between the ways in which American law has responded to a variety of issues related to sexual orientation. The course begins by examining the multiple meanings and dimensions of sexual orientation, then looks at the relationships between issues of orientation and other legally protected statutes. The remainder of the course will focus on a variety of substantive areas of law in which issues of sexual orientation arise. As each substantive area is covered, students will be encouraged to reflect back on the first classes and think about whether existing legal protections for other minority groups are appropriate for sexual minorities, or whether other legal structures would be more effective in achieving the goals of equality and liberation.

Current Issues in Civil Rights Law

This writing seminar covers the federal regime for protection of civil rights, with a particular focus on (1) emerging or unresolved issues in civil rights law and (2) the broader historical and sociological background underlying federal civil rights statutes and doctrines. Reading assignments (subject to change) will cover critical race theory; the debate over affirmative action; Title VI (prohibiting discrimination based on race/ethnic origin in programs receiving federal funds) and Title IX (prohibiting discrimination based on gender in programs receiving federal funds); sexual orientation; and racial profiling.

Public Health Law

This course surveys the broad terrain of law and the public’s health. We will cover both the “laws on the books” and the problems of actually implementing these laws in the often highly politicized and culturally sensitive context of health and behavior. Topics include the basic powers, duties, and limitations of state health authorities in the United States; the epidemiological influence of law on health and health behavior; the global system of health governance; and the application of a human rights framework to health issues. Health topic areas covered include communicable diseases (HIV, SARS, emerging infections), tobacco, substance abuse, chronic diseases, and infections. We will also devote considerable time to reading about and discussing how health is “socially constructed” and how stigma, economic self-interest, and other cultural responses to disease complicate efforts to promote public health.

Legal Advocacy for Patients

Students will be working with the Families With AIDS Project in the Temple Legal Aid Office. Functioning in much the same way as a small law firm, the project attempts to address the many legal needs often presented by a single client. Interns conduct interviews and research procedural and substantive law in a wide range of administrative and judicial civil law. Areas of representation include Social Security and Supplemental Security Income; Department of Public Welfare (benefits and expunction of child abuse reports); landlord/tenant; custody; support; protection from abuse; divorce; dependency; life planning (health care directives, health care and general powers of attorney, wills); immigration; and compassionate release of incarcerated individuals.

Interns conduct interviews at three community health centers. Interns are assigned four to six ongoing cases and will assume responsibility for additional clients interviewed and accepted for representation throughout the semester. This representation includes negotiation and representation at judicial and administrative hearings and preparation of pleadings, documents, and memoranda. Interns are required to maintain files on each client represented by recording all actions and filing all relevant research and documents.

Public Interest Advocacy

This clinical program provides students with a wide spectrum of opportunities available to the public interest advocate. The lawyer’s experience in such areas as litigation, legislation, public education, lobbying, grassroots coalition building, and fund-raising will be explored. Although the particular perspective is that of the AIDS specialist, the lawyering skills and issues emphasized in this course are common to a wide variety of practice situations.

The weekly classroom component will place students’ clinical experience in a broader perspective. Each student is assigned a significant advocacy project under the direct supervision of the course instructor. Several projects may require involvement with agencies such as Temple Legal Aid Office, ACLU, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Prison Project.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Temple University offers domestic partner benefits to all of its nonbargaining unit employees and to any bargaining unit employees whose contracts provide for such benefits.

To be eligible for any benefits under this policy, an eligible employee must certify that he or she is a member of a domestic partnership under Temple University’s domestic partnership policy.

Certified domestic partners are eligible for health insurance, dental insurance, and vision care. In addition, certified domestic partners are eligible for any benefit that would otherwise be available for a spouse.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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