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LGBT Survey Results: The University of New Mexico School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of New Mexico is committed to providing equal educational opportunity and forbids unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, age, sex, sexual preference, ancestry, or medical condition. Equal educational opportunity includes admission, recruitment, extracurricular programs and activities, housing, facilities, access to course offerings, counseling and testing, financial assistance, employment, health and insurance services, and athletics. In keeping with this policy of equal educational opportunity, the university is committed to creating and maintaining an atmosphere free from all forms of harassment.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

The Lambda Law Student Association provides support, networking, and social events for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community and their friends at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Lambda participates in educating the law school community, as well as the community-at-large, regarding legal issues affecting the LGBT community. Furthermore, Lambda advocates for equal and legally protected human rights, regardless of sexual orientation.

For more information, contact unm-lambda@law.unm.edu.

LGBT Faculty

George Bach
Assistant Professor of Law
Email: bach@law.unm.edu

Steven Homer
Director of the Legal Analysis & Communication Program
Email: homer@law.unm.edu

John LaVelle
Professor of Law
Email: lavelle@law.unm.edu

Martina Kitzmueller
Research Professor of Law
Email: kitzmueller@law.unm.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

David Pallozzi
Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
Email: pallozzi@law.unm.edu

LGBT Course(s)

In addition to the courses listed below, there are many courses at the University of New Mexico School of Law that discuss issues important to the LGBT community. Please visit Upper Class Course Descriptions for a full listing of courses.

Comparative Equality and Human Rights

This course is offered as a part of the Guanajuato Program. Part I of the course compares US equality and antidiscrimination law with the law of several other legal systems, including Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Argentina. The law examined in Part I will focus on gender and sexuality. In Part II of the course, students will explore how gendered and sexual identities are historically constructed and strategically deployed in Latin America and in the United States. Part II will examine how gendered and ethnic violence in modern Guatemala and Mexico intersects with international human rights accords and US asylum law. We will consider LGBT status and the construction of the particular social group in asylum proceedings.

Sexuality and the Law

This variable-credits seminar provides a survey of the legal landscape in the United States relating to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. The seminar uses the newly published third edition of the groundbreaking casebook by Professors William Rubenstein, Carlos A. Ball, and Jane S. Schacter, Cases and Materials on Sexual Orientation and the Law, which interweaves the relevant legal issues with broader historical, sociological, and literary perspectives. Specific topics include sexuality and liberty, sexual identity and equality, workplace discrimination against LGBT people, the coupling and parenting rights of same-sex partners, and the differences and similarities between sexual-orientation discrimination and gender-identity discrimination. The seminar will be cotaught by Professor John LaVelle and Lynn E. Mostoller, an associate with the law firm of Keleher & McLeod. The seminar will feature occasional participation by guest attorneys and activists who will discuss the development of sexual orientation policy and the practice of sexual orientation law in New Mexico. Each student is required to complete, in stages, a final paper on a sexual orientation law topic of that student’s choice, with additional requirements for students who elect to use this seminar to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

The University of New Mexico is committed to providing equal employment and educational opportunities to all individuals. UAP 2720 (Equal Opportunity, Nondiscrimination, and Affirmative Action for Employees and Students) forbids unlawful discrimination based on sexual orientation and other protected statuses. Therefore, the university must provide equal employment benefits to employees with a domestic partner of the same gender. The university has determined that in the interests of fundamental fairness, the definition of domestic partners will apply to all relationships akin to marriage, whether of the same gender or not. All university employees that have a domestic partner shall be provided services and benefits on the same basis provided to legal spouses. The university defines domestic partners as two individuals who live together in a long-term relationship of indefinite duration. There must be an exclusive mutual commitment similar to that of marriage, in which the partners agree to be financially responsible for each other’s welfare and share financial obligations.

Legally married same-sex couples are not subject to this policy and have the same rights and benefits as legally married opposite-sex couples.

Additional Information

The University of New Mexico School of Law has a long history of embracing diversity and is recognized as one of the most diverse law schools in the country. Applicants to the law school are given the opportunity to self-identify during the application process and to be contacted by the Lambda Law Student Association and out members of our faculty to learn more about our community. All candidates, including LGBT candidates, will find a supportive and inclusive environment here at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

In addition to resources at the law school, the University of New Mexico provides many opportunities for LGBT students through the LGBTQ Resource Center. Through advocacy, education, safety, and support, the LGBTQ Resource Center strives to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere for all members of the UNM and surrounding community. A number of resources are offered within the LGBTQ Resource Center’s physical space, in addition to services that reach out further into the UNM community.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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