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LGBT Survey Results: Case Western Reserve University
School of Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

Case Western Reserve University admits students of any race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the university. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, age, sex, color, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or national or ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admission policies, employment, promotion and compensation policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other university-administered programs.

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Lambda Law Students Association is an educational, political, and social collaboration of law students, faculty, and staff of all genders and sexualities interested in working with CWRU School of Law and the surrounding community. The organization works towards fostering and maintaining an environment that is supportive, positive, and safe for individuals of sexual and gender diversity. Lambda serves as a forum in which CWRU students, staff, and faculty may coordinate their efforts to combat heterosexism, discrimination, and prejudice, and to promote dialogue on these issues within the law school community, the Cleveland community, and society at large.

For information about Lambda Legal, contact:

Lauren Sankary
Co-President
Email: lrs98@case.edu

Aliza Lopes-Baker
Co-President
Email: acl86@case.edu

LGBT Faculty

Carmen Naso
Professor
Email: cxn91@case.edu

LGBT Administrator(s)

Liz Roccoforte
LGBT Center Director
Email: liz.roccoforte@case.edu

LGBT Course(s)

Case Law School offers Sexual Orientation and the Law. In addition, although LGBT issues are not the primary focus, the following relevant courses are offered:

  • Constitutional Law I and II
  • Family Law
  • Adoption Law
  • Discrimination in Employment

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Domestic Partners are defined as two individuals of the same or opposite sex

  • who are both 18 years of age or older and have the capacity to enter into a contract; and
  • who are involved in an exclusive, long-term, and committed relationship; and
  • who have resided together in a common household continuously for at least six (6) consecutive months; and
  • who intend to reside together indefinitely; and
  • who are not related by blood to a degree of closeness which would prohibit legal marriage in the state in which the partners legally reside; and
  • who have agreed to be jointly responsible for each other’s welfare, financial obligations, and basic living expenses, including food, shelter, and health care expenses; and
  • who are not married, who are not currently involved in any other domestic partnership, and who have not been involved in any other domestic partnership or marriage for the last twelve (12) months, unless that partnership or marriage ended because of death.

For some Benelect benefits, coverage is available not just for you, but for qualifying family members as well. Qualifying family members are your spouse or domestic partner, unmarried dependent children under age 26, and unmarried children of any age if they are mentally or physically incapable of supporting themselves. Proof of dependency may be required for family members. Proof of domestic partnership through notarized affidavit is required for spousal equivalent. Dependent verification document must be submitted to substantiate the employee/dependent relationship. For more information, visit Policy.

Additional Information

Case Western Reserve University is considered to be one of the most LGBT-friendly campuses in the country. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at CWRU provides a home for members of the LGBT community and their allies. It also serves as a source of information and insight for those who have lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender children or loved ones. Finally, it is also a place that welcomes alumni and prospective students, faculty, and staff.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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