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LGBT Survey Results: Tulane University Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

Tulane University is an educational institution committed to affirmative action and equal employment opportunity, as stated in the Tulane University Mission Statement, adopted by the Board of Administrators on April 30, 1992, which includes the following principle: Tulane is strongly committed to policies of nondiscrimination and affirmative action in student admission and employment. To accomplish this goal, Tulane’s admission and personnel actions, such as, but not limited to, recruitment, employment, compensation, and promotion, do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national/ethnic origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. By adopting the principles outlined in this statement, the Tulane University Board of Administrators reaffirms its commitment to quality education embracing the continuation of an inclusive and culturally diverse campus community and enhancing mutual respect among our university community members. We continue to recognize our responsibility to prepare our students for active roles in a multicultural, multiethnic world.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Many LGBT law students become involved in Tulane Law School’s student organization LAMBDA Law Alliance and/or the Journal of Law and Sexuality during their three years of law school.

LAMBDA Law Alliance

LAMBDA Law Alliance is the student organization devoted to LGBT issues in the Tulane Law School community, the New Orleans legal community, and the national arena. The organization conducts frequent programs and social events during the academic year to educate the membership and Law School community about current LGBT topics, including legal developments related to same-sex marriage, and legal careers. Almost every year, LAMBDA hosts lectures by distinguished national speakers to promote the discussion and inclusion of LGBT topics within the Law School.

Prospective students interested in hearing from a member of LAMBDA may contact

David Weinberg
Assistant Dean of Admission
Email: dweinbe@tulane.edu

Journal of Law and Sexuality

LGBT law students often become members of the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality: A Review of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in the Law. Founded in 1989 and first published in 1991, Law and Sexuality is the first and only student-edited law review in the country devoted solely to covering legal issues of interest to the LGBT community on a wide variety of subjects, including constitutional, employment, family, health, insurance, and military law. Law and Sexuality is the official legal publication of the National LGBT Bar Association. The journal regularly hosts a symposium at Tulane that presents policy concerns, public and private discourse, upcoming legislation, regulations, treatises, and practices that pertain to LGBT concerns.

LGBT Faculty

The Law School faculty benefits from the input and participation of several openly LGBT professors who often act as mentors to LGBT organizations and individuals within the Law School, including:

Shu-yi Oei
Professor
Email: soei@tulane.edu

Robert S. Westley
Professor
Email: rwestley@tulane.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

David Weinberg
Assistant Dean of Admission
Email: dweinbe@tulane.edu

LGBT Course(s)

The faculty at Tulane Law School often incorporate LGBT issues within their courses to enrich classroom discussion. LGBT-specific courses are listed below.

Sexuality and the Law

This course examines the impact of legal regulation in the United States on such areas of sexuality and sexual preference as intimate association, marriage, family structure, workplace discrimination, and civil rights. It is offered every other year.

Law and Sexuality: A Review of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Legal Issues

Tulane Law School sponsors the Tulane Journal of Law and Sexuality, and students may receive credit for work on this journal.

This journal was founded by a group of gay and nongay students to provide a national forum for discourse on legal matters related to sexual orientation. This journal is published every year and has a broad, national circulation. The review publishes articles by scholars and lawyers on a wide variety of subjects, including constitutional law, corporate law, employment law, family law, health law, insurance, military law, and trusts and estates. The review also publishes traditional student writing.

Membership on the review is open to all upperclass law students. Members are chosen through summer and fall writing competitions. The responsibilities of the staff members include editing articles and student work and writing comments and recent developments material on any subject related to LGBT legal issues.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

In 2000, Tulane University became the first college in Louisiana to approve domestic partner benefits for gay and lesbian workers. All benefits-eligible employees of Tulane University may register a same gender spouse or domestic partner as an eligible dependent. To enroll a same gender domestic partner in Tulane University benefit plans, you must submit documentation to the university that substantiates your partnership, including an Affidavit of Same-Gender Domestic Partnership. Questions about Tulane University benefits can be directed to

Workforce Management
Phone: 504.865.5280
Email: wfmo@tulane.edu

Additional Information

Tulane University Law School prides itself on cultivating a welcoming and multicultural environment for all students, including LGBT individuals. The Law School encourages LGBT applicants to consider disclosing their sexual orientation and/or identity in the application materials (in the optional “diversity” essay). Of course, disclosure is voluntary based on individual assessment and the comfort level of such disclosure by each applicant.

Located in New Orleans, Tulane Law School affords LGBT students the opportunity to become engaged and participate in an active LGBT community. Every year, New Orleans hosts several LGBT festivals to celebrate the contributions and presence of the community in the city and the challenges it still faces within the state, region, and nation. Local civic and governmental organizations, including a Human Relations Commission chapter, the Human Relations Commission for the Mayor’s Office, Equality Rights, and LGBT sports leagues, provide opportunities for law students to become engaged in local LGBT initiatives and interact with stakeholders in the region.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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