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LGBT Survey Results: Willamette University College of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Willamette University opposes discrimination in the recruitment and hiring of students and graduates based on sex, race, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion, or national and ethnic origin. The university will not allow its facilities or services to be used by an organization that practices unlawful discrimination or whose employment practices violate the university’s equal opportunity policy.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

OUTLaw promotes the awareness of, and appreciation for, LGBT issues within the context of the law and provides a forum for the discussion of those issues. We aim to support one another, educate those around us, and celebrate diversity.

OUTLaw provides a forum for discussing LGBT legal issues and provides a safe place to socialize, support one another, and work together for success. Everyone associated with Willamette University College of Law is invited to participate in OUTLaw. However, participants are expected to respect the basic tenets of the organization, which are that all LGBT people should receive the same basic rights accorded heterosexuals and that all people should be judged by their individual character, not their sexual orientation.

For more information, contact OUTLaw’s Officers:

Bailey Moody
President
Email: bmoody@willamette.edu

Gwynne Skinner
Faculty Advisor
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Human Rights and Immigration Clinic
Email: gskinner@willamette.edu

LGBT Faculty

Gwynne Skinner
Associate Professor of Law
Director, Human Rights and Immigration Clinic
Email: gskinner@willamette.edu

Prospective students may also contact the Office of Admission:

Phone: 503.370.6282
Email: Law-admission@willamette.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Will Fruhwirth
Associate Director of Admissions
Phone: 503.370.6189
Email: wfruhwirth@willamette.edu

LGBT Course(s)

Several courses are offered that cover topics and issues related to the LGBT community, and professors have open discussions about how these issues could be affected by LGBT concerns:

  • Employment Law and Discrimination
  • Sexuality and Discrimination
  • Law and Education
  • Human Rights
  • Oregon Family Law Practice
  • Independent research
  • Externships

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Students interested in learning about domestic partner benefits are encouraged to visit the Bishop Wellness Center website or contact the Bishop Wellness Center for services, resources, and coverage information:

Bishop Wellness Center
Baxter Hall
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6062

Faculty and staff are encouraged to visit the Human Resources website or contact Willamette University Human Resources Department for more information about services, resources, and coverage:

Human Resources
Executive Building
Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: 503.370.6210
Email: hr@willamette.edu

Additional Information

Willamette University College of Law proudly provides students along sexuality and gender spectra with the support needed to persist throughout law school. Willamette Law is a safe space for all people to explore aspects of sexual orientation and gender in an open and non-assuming atmosphere.

Overall as a state, Oregon is LGBT friendly. We our proud of the fact that our supreme court has the only two openly gay state supreme court justices in the nation; our governor is the first openly bisexual governor; our state house speaker was the first openly lesbian speaker of any state house in the nation; and the mayor of Silverton, a city 15 miles from Willamette Law, was the nation’s first openly transgender mayor.

Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Oregon since 2014 and same-sex domestic partnerships have been legal since 2008. Oregon state hate crime laws prohibit crimes based on both gender identity and sexual orientation.

Willamette prefers that students choose to address their sexual orientation, identity, or gender in their application as they are comfortable. Willamette is home to many gender inclusive restrooms, including several in both law buildings. Willamette works closely with the LGBT Bar Association of Oregon, OGALLA. In fact, in 2016, two of our students were honored by OGALLA as the highly prestigious Shepherd Scholarship recipients.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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