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LGBT Survey Results: University of Wisconsin Law School

Nondiscrimination Policy

In accordance with applicable federal and state statutes and regulations, it has been, and will continue to be, the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison to protect and provide redress against discrimination in the employment of qualified individuals on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, arrest record, conviction record, veteran status, or membership in the national guard, state defense force, or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or Wisconsin. These same principles apply with regard to our admission policies and other school administered programs or activities.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Our student organization, QLaw, has a very active role in the Law School and a strong membership. For more information, contact

LGBT Faculty

No details provided.

LGBT Administrator(s)

No details provided.

LGBT Course(s)

  • Sexual Orientation and the Constitution examines one of the most active areas of contemporary constitutional jurisprudence—civil rights for LGBT individuals and their families. Students will analyze the constitutional foundation for the expansion and contraction of rights in the past and present, and take a look at what the future may hold. The anticipated topics include marriage and civil unions (including DOMA and any gay marriage cases taken up by the US Supreme Court during the semester), workplace rights and employment law, issues arising from the care and custody of children, free speech issues, and more.
  • The Con Law: Politics and Equality seminar will focus on the extent to which questions of equality are determined or influenced by political processes such as legislation, initiative processes, or political activism such as demonstrations and advocacy. Have political processes defined the content of equality? Have courts imposed limitations on those political determinations of equality or deferred to those determinations? The seminar will focus on politics and equality in three contexts: race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Constitutional Law II covers civil and individual rights at the federal level. Emphasis is on the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment, including substantive due process; privacy; discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, and other characteristics; fundamental rights; and affirmative action. The 1st Amendment is also reviewed, including the freedoms of speech, the press, association, and religion.
  • Equal Employment Law (Employment Discrimination) examines the legal principles prohibiting discrimination in the workplace and the basic litigation strategies in employment discrimination cases. The course will focus primarily on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and its subsequent amendments), the basic federal statute governing employment discrimination, and the case law interpreting and applying it, with some additional attention to other federal antidiscrimination laws.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Domestic-Partner Benefit Provisions

Provisions within state budget bill 2009 Wisconsin Act 28 permit same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners to be treated similarly to spouses for the Wisconsin State Statute § Chapter 40 benefit programs administered by the Employee Trust Fund (ETF).

Chapter 40 benefit programs include the State Group Health Insurance Program, the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS), the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program (WDC), State Group Life Insurance and other related programs.

Domestic-Partner Benefit Plan Options

  • State Group Health Insurance
  • Dental and Excess Medical Insurance (EPIC)
  • Anthem Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • State Group Life Insurance
  • Individual and Family Group Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
  • Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS)
  • Long-Term Care Insurance

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA)

Employees may request WFMLA leave to care for a seriously ill domestic partner or the domestic-partner's parents.

Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP)

If a student is eligible for SHIP, he or she can also enroll his or her spouse, domestic partner, or children.

Additional Information

The University of Wisconsin Law School welcomes students from all backgrounds and experiences. Madison as a whole is a very welcoming place, and its LGBT community is very active and vocal in the greater Madison community.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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