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LGBT Survey Results: University of Miami School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The university and the law school have written policies that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity:

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Student leaders organize numerous activities through OUTLaw. OUTLaw offers an LGBT mentorship program and recently spearheaded an association through which South Florida law schools’ LGBT groups work together.

For more information, contact the organization at umoutlaw@gmail.com or Therese Lambert at tlambert@law.miami.edu.

2016–2017 OUTLaw Leadership

Luiz Miranda
President
Email: lmiranda@students.law.miami.edu

Christina Robinson
Vice-President
Email: c.robinson8@umiami.edu

LGBT Faculty

Charlton Copeland
Professor
Email: ccopeland@law.miami.edu

Marc Fajer
Professor
Email: mfajer@law.miami.edu

Stephen Urice
Professor
Email: surice@law.miami.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Raquel Matas
Associate Dean for Administration; Counsel to the Dean & Acting Co-Director, LLM in Real Estate Development
Phone: 305.284.3418
Email: rmatas@law.miami.edu

Ileana Porras
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Phone: 305.284.4423
Email: iporras@law.miami.edu

LGBT Course(s)

The curriculum includes numerous courses that discuss or focus on gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or LGBT issues, including

  • Family Law
  • Feminism and the First Amendment
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Employment Discrimination
  • Labor Law
  • Domestic Violence
  • Social Justice
  • Religious Freedom and Same-Sex Marriage

Many faculty incorporate material on LGBT issues in their regular substantive courses such as Trusts and Estates, Property, Federal Income Tax, Constitutional Law II, and Immigration Law. Additionally, many of our clinics, including Children and Youth Law, Health Rights, Immigration, and Human Rights, represent LGBT clients or address LGBT policy issues as part of the clinic’s public policy work.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Additional Information

Faculty, administrators, and students offer a very supportive work environment for LGBT employees at all levels. Miami Law has recently implemented recommendations made by the University of Miami LGBTQ Task Force. Additionally, the law school is a full participant in the university’s IBIS Ally Network and has recently designated a gender-neutral bathroom. Further, the university hosts an LGBT webpage to support inclusion.

There is significant and active involvement by the faculty, senior administrative staff, and alumni with the LGBT community locally and nationally. Examples include serving as national chairs of the LGBT Division of the Hispanic National Bar Association; speaking and chairing the National Summit of Latino Legal Professionals; being honored for leadership in the LGBT community by such organizations as the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce; and in partnership with the faculty, senior administrative staff, OUTLaw, and alumni, establishing the first ever Marriage Equality Series. The Series highlighted alumna Liz Schwartz, one of the lead lawyers in the Florida marriage equality case, and alumnus Richard Milstein, one of the plaintiffs on the federal marriage equality case filed in Florida. Alumnus Dale Noll (a former OUTLaw president) was recently named President–Elect of the National LGBT Bar Association.

Historically, support for the LGBT community has always been part of our fabric and culture. Over two decades ago, law school representatives established one of the first LGBT student organizations on a law school campus, as well as one of the first organizations for LGBT attorneys in South Florida. Miami Law was at the forefront of efforts to ensure that no employer who discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation would interview on campus. Additionally, working with the leadership of the Florida Bar, Miami Law helped to establish Florida as one of the first states in the country to include sexual orientation among the categories of individuals protected by the Rules of Conduct of the Florida Bar.

Miami Law participates in the annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair, and the Career Development Office is both sensitive and proactive when helping LGBT students with employment opportunities.

Prospective students should not hesitate to contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office if they wish to be connected with one of our out students, faculty, or administrators to learn more about the LGBT environment at Miami Law:

Therese Lambert
Director of Student Recruitment
Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment
Phone: 305.284.6746
Email: tlambert@law.miami.edu

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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