Capital University Law School

1. Does your law school intentionally seek out LGBTQ+ prospective students?
Yes
a. If so, how and where are your efforts directed?

Capital University Law School proudly and intentionally seeks out LGBTQ+ prospective students through a variety of methods including: targeted emails to those who self-identify through the Law School Admission Council’s (LSAC) Candidate Referral Service; our annual sponsorship and presence at the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade and Festival, which boasts attendance of over 500,000 people each year, and includes invitations to all prospective and admitted students; display and distribution of Capital Law and LSAC branded LGBTQ+ promotional materials at all law student recruitment events and Capital Law future student events; and annual and consistent participation in the LSAC’s LGBTQ+ Guide to Law Schools available at: https://www.lsac.org/discover-law/diversity-law-school/lgbtq-and-law-school/law-school-lgbtq-survey-results/capital

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2. Does your law school's welcome packet for admitted students include mention of identity group support for LGBTQ+ students, as well as for students of color or other minorities?
Yes

Capital University Law School’s communications to admitted students includes a formal welcome letter sent from the Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion, which includes a listing of affinity student groups for both LGBTQ+ students and other minorities. The letter highlights support services provided by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and highlights student groups that include the Capital Equality Alliance, the Black Law Student Association, the Asian & Pacific American Law Student Association, and the Hispanic Law Students Association.

3. Does your school offer students the option to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admissions applications or post-enrollment forms?
Yes

Capital University Law School Office of Admission offers students the opportunity to self-identify as LGBTQ+ in admission applications, in addition to opportunities to provide their preferred first name and gender identity. Our Office of Professional Development allows students to utilize their preferred name and gender identity in Symplicity, the Law School’s career management system. Our Office of Records and Registration likewise allows students to utilize preferred name and gender identity on class rosters.

4. Does your law school offer transgender students who have not legally changed their names the ability to have their name of choice on admission applications or post enrollment forms?
Yes

Capital Law offers transgender students the ability to have their name of choice on admission applications and post-enrollment forms.

5. Does your law school provide any annual scholarships specifically for LGBTQ+ students?
Yes

Capital University Law School proudly awards the Ackerman-Gemette Scholarship annually to currently enrolled students with a demonstrated interest in advancing the rights of LGBT individuals in the United States. This scholarship is awarded annually for more than 15 years, with the scholarship’s first award date in 2003.

6. Does your law school provide funding, including travel support, for LGBTQ+ students to participate in LGBTQ+-focused learning and career services opportunities?
Yes
a. If so, please provide details and examples of when and how those opportunities have been utilized.

Yes. Provided in part by the generosity of donors and alumni, the Office of Professional Development will reimburse up to $50 of a student’s registration fee for job fairs and similar opportunities. Students have utilized these opportunities to attend events like Lavender Law, and other LGBTQ+ related professional fairs.

7. Does your law school actively seek to employ diverse staff/faculty/administrators, including visible, out LGBTQ+ individuals?
Yes
a. If so, please detail how and where recruitment efforts are directed

Capital University Law School proudly and actively seeks to employ diverse faculty, staff, and administrators, including visible and out LGBTQ+ individuals as evidenced by the 10 openly LGBTQ+ colleagues identified in questions 8 &9. Additionally, those 10 individuals serve on hiring committees, share job postings with LGBTQ+ sections, subcommittees, and affinity groups, and disseminate employment opportunities at Capital University Law School within their personal and professional networks.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
Yes. Currently, Capital University Law School employs three full-time professors and four adjunct professors who are openly LGBTQ+. At this time, we do not employ any full time or adjunct faculty of color who are openly LGBTQ+.
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
Yes. Currently, Capital University Law School employs three full-time administrators who are openly LGBTQ+. At this time, we do not employ any of color who are openly LGBTQ+.
10. Does your law school provide benefits such as health insurance, family medical leave, parental leave, and nontraditional family planning such as in vitro fertilization and/or adoptive benefits on equal terms to same-sex couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships as are provided to different-sex married or registered domestic partner couples?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Capital University Law School proudly offers health benefits and family medical leave to same-sex couples who are married or who are in registered domestic partnerships. Capital University Law School does not provide nontraditional family planning such as in vitro fertilization and/or adoptive benefits to any employee. For additional information about health benefits, please see information at the following link: https://www.capital.edu/employee-benefits/

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11. Does your law school offer the aforementioned health benefits to students and their same-sex spouses/partners?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Capital University Law School does not offer health benefits to any law student or to their spouse or registered domestic partner.

12. Does your law school offer transition-related health benefits to transgender and/or transitioning employees?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here

Capital University Law School does offer transition-related benefits to transgender and transitioning employees if there has been a Gender Dysphoria diagnosis.

13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
No
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

Capital University Law School does not offer health benefits to any law student or to their spouse or registered domestic partner.

14. Do all students at your law school have access to counseling and/or therapy services either through the law school or the larger University?
Yes

All Capital University Law School students have access to counseling services via the University’s Health and Wellness Center with offices at both the Downtown Columbus Campus and the Bexley Campus.

15. Does your law school provide at least bi-annual mandatory diversity and inclusion training that incorporates robust LGBTQ+ curriculum, for all staff/faculty/administrators?
No

Capital University Law School does not offer mandatory LGBTQ+ training to faculty, staff, administrators, or students. Optional trainings are offered to all community members in conjunction with partner organizations like Stonewall Columbus and Equitas Health.

16. Does your law school provide a gender-inclusive restroom in any and/or all law school buildings?
Yes
a. How is that restroom identified (i.e., what does the signage say, is it identified on building maps, is there a gender-inclusive restroom policy that applies to all restrooms and where is that statement published, etc.)?

Capital University Law School provides gender-neutral restrooms. Signage identifies the facilities as “All Gender Restroom” in compliance with campus signage rules.

17. Does your law school have one or more annual LGBTQ+ course offerings (e.g., LGBT Law and Policy, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Gender and the Law (taught with trans-inclusive and focused materials), etc.)?
Yes
a. If so, please list course names

Capital University Law School offers the course 846 – Sexual Minorities and the Law.

18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes

Yes. Capital University Law School has an active, visible, and supported LGBTQ+ and ally student affinity organization called the Capital Equality Alliance.

19. Does your law school have a hate/bias incident policy that students are required to follow?
Yes
a. If so, does that process specifically identify sexual orientation, gender identity, or both as protected categories?

Capital University Law School provides an active hate and bias reporting options meant to enforce the bounds of the University’s Human Dignity Policy and Non-Discrimination Policy. This system allows in-person reporting, reporting via phone, reporting via e-mail, and anonymous reporting via Ethicspoint. Key points of contact include the Offices of Diversity & Inclusion, Student Affairs, and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and other faculty and staff.

b. is there a clear hate bias/incident reporting process for students/faculty/staff to utilize if necessary?
Yes
20. Please describe all additional ways, not identified through your responses, that your law school works to be safe, inclusive, and welcoming to LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and administrators:

Capital University Law School promotes a safe, inclusive, and welcoming learning atmosphere for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and has been such an environment for many years. The Law School faculty and administration were instrumental in moving the University to recognize and to offer same-sex couples in domestic partnerships health and other benefits many years before marriage equality became a reality. Capital University Law School also encourages student, faculty, and staff participation in LGBTQ+ affinity groups and diversity-related programming through the Columbus Bar Association and Ohio State Bar Association.

In addition, the Law School is a proud LGBTQ+ community partner. In 2001, the Law School and the Capital University Law Review hosted a national symposium that addressed, analyzed, and debated marriage equality. Today, under the Law School’s leadership the University is continued sponsor of the Stonewall Columbus Pride Parade and Festival. Diversity-related programming and intersectional partnerships throughout the Columbus community are also provided. Trainings and health screenings with Equitas Health are also offered. Additionally, Capital University Law School routinely partners with Equitas Health and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to host a name change clinic focused on serving the local transgender population. In addition, Capital University Law School LGBTQ+ faculty and staff have been and continue to be active in advancing the recognition of the LGBTQ+ community within the legal profession. Currently, Jason Owen, the Associate Director of Admission, actively serves on the LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee and was instrumental in the planning of the inaugural LSAC Equality Conference. He has also participated in two of the last three National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conferences on behalf of the LSAC and Capital University Law School. Shawn Beem, the current Assistant Dean for Professional Development, served as the Chair of the former LGBT Section of NALP. He also co-authored NALP’s informative brochure, “To Be Out or Not to Be Out? Information for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Job Applicants.” Professor Mark Strasser has published extensively in the area of LGBTQ+ and family law and is the author of such books as, Separate But Equal” No More: A Guide to the Legal Status of Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions, and Other Partnerships and Legally Wed: Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution. Professor Strasser has published nearly a dozen articles on the broader topic of the LGBTQ+ community’s relationship with the law, with topics ranging from DOMA to parental rights. Professor Rick Wood has also worked extensively in the area of LGBTQ+ law, as he spent time working to defeat the Briggs Initiative in California, and has chaired the AALS Section of Gay and Lesbian Legal Issues.