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LGBT Survey Results: University of California Hastings College of  the Law

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of California Hastings College of the Law, in accordance with applicable state and federal laws and campus policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, or other legally protected class, and it prohibits sexual harassment in its programs and activities. Inquiries about Hastings’ student-related policies, or the college’s compliance with state and federal laws and campus regulations relating to nondiscrimination, may be directed to

Director of Student Services
Hastings College of the Law
200 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Office for Civil Rights
US Department of Education
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102

LGBT Student Organization(s)

Hastings OUTLaw promotes a positive atmosphere at Hastings for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer students. The objective of the organization is to educate the community-at-large about the issues and concerns specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons in order to alleviate and eradicate homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and other affronts to the dignity of individual human beings.

Hastings OUTLaw can be reached via email at outlaw@uchastings.edu.

LGBT Faculty

There are at least six LGBT professors among the full-time faculty at UC Hastings. While individual contact information cannot be provided on this website, prospective students can be assured that UC Hastings offers an open and accepting environment for LGBT students, faculty, and staff.

LGBT Administrator(s)

Bryan Zerbe
Director of Admissions
Phone: 415.565.4623
Email: zerbeb@uchastings.edu

LGBT Course(s)

LGBT issues are interwoven into many of the courses at UC Hastings, including Employment Discrimination and the Law, Family Law, and Gender and the Law. LGBT themes also figure prominently within UC Hastings Social Justice Lawyering concentration courses, clinics, and internships.

In addition, a course entitled Sexuality and the Law is a popular elective for students interested in legal issues affecting the LGBT community. This course examines some of the rapidly expanding legal issues involving sexual orientation and gender identity. Substantive issues to be covered include the decriminalization of sodomy; the recognition of lesbian and gay relationships, including marriage, civil union, and domestic partnerships; employment discrimination and sexual harassment; immigration; gender identity issues; and the establishment and limitation of rights of expression and association. This course will use sexuality and gender theory, case law, and legislation to examine the law’s evolving treatment of these fundamentally diverse and fluid communities.

Domestic-Partner or Same-Sex Marriage Benefits

Eligible Family Members—Medical, Dental, Vision, and Legal Plans

Family Member—Same-sex domestic partner
Eligibility—Age 18 or older
Must be person of same sex; not related to you; able to enter into a contract; unmarried (neither one of you is legally married); living with you for the past six months with the intent to continue indefinitely; your sole same-sex domestic partner in a relationship of mutual support, caring, and commitment; sharing joint responsibility with you for your common welfare; financially interdependent.

Family Member—Same-sex domestic partner’s child
Eligibility—To age 26
Must be unmarried; your same-sex domestic partner’s natural or adopted child; living with you; supported by you or your same-sex domestic partner (50%+); claimed as a tax dependent by you or your same-sex domestic partner.

Family Member—Same-sex domestic partner’s grandchild
Eligibility—To age 26
Must be unmarried; living with you; supported by you or your same-sex domestic partner (50%+); claimed as a tax dependent by you or your same-sex domestic partner.

Additional Information

In keeping with the law school’s home in San Francisco, UC Hastings has long been a place of warmth and openness for the LGBT community. UC Hastings has had out students, faculty, and staff for decades. The school has also enrolled trans students, including one recent graduate who transitioned while in law school.

Applicants to UC Hastings are encouraged to be out in their applications and to write about how their sexual orientation and/or gender identity may have contributed to their decision to attend law school.

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May 21, 2014, 13:28 PM

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