McGeorge School of Law University of the Pacific

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

Yes.  These activities are things we have done over the last six years but not each item is done each year.

The law school sends diversity email and postcard mailings to candidates who have listed their LGBTQ+ status.  The law school sends welcome letters from an LGBTQ+ faculty member to applicants, admits, and deposited students that identified as LGBTQ+.  LGBTQ+ faculty host off campus dinners with current LGBTQ+ students, alumni and allies. Additionally, McGeorge Lambda often co-sponsors events during diversity week which are open to our prospective students, applicants, etc.

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

Yes. Lambda and other affinity organizations are referenced.

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

Yes on the JD application.  LGBTQ+ students can sign up to join our Lambda student organization upon enrolling.

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

There is a space for the student to indicate a name of choice on the JD application. There is a University form that students can access to make name changes; there is no requirement that such students have changed their legal names.  Students have the option of meeting with the Registrar or simply completing the form

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

Yes. The law school’s largest privately-funded scholarship is the Jeffrey K. Poile Memorial Civil Rights Scholarship (for students with a demonstrated commitment to the furtherance of LGBTQ+ rights).

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. McGeorge’s Career Development Office offers reimbursement of up to $150.00 (per student, per academic year) to help defray the costs associated with attending professional conferences and recruiting events, including the LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law® Conference and Career Fair.  McGeorge’s Public Legal Services Society (PLSS) offers summer internship grants for students in the public sector or public interest, which includes legal organizations that promote LGBTQ+ rights, such as the Family Equality Council, which advances legal and lived equality for LGBTQ families, and for those who wish to form them, through building community, changing hearts and minds, and driving policy change. Our Washington, DC Fellowship also funds public interest and public sector internships in DC, which included an internship with the DC office of the Family Equality Council in the summer of 2011.

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

Yes.  The law school shares job postings with local and national diversity bar associations and diversity law faculty listservs and organizations.

8. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ faculty your law school employs (if any)
LGBTQ+: 4 out of 31 faculty members
How many out LGBTQ+ faculty of color does your institution currently employ in total?
1
9. Please identify, to your knowledge, how many out LGBTQ+ staff/administrators?
LGBTQ+: 3 out of 48 staff/administrators
How many out LGBTQ+ staff members/administrators of color does your institution currently employ in total?
1
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

All benefits to all employees are the same for same-sex and opposite-sex couples who are married or in registered domestic partnerships.  Here is a link to our parent university’s benefits guide:

https://www.pacific.edu/Documents/hr/acrobat/2019%20Benefits%20Guide(1).pdf.

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

Neither same-sex or opposite-sex spouses or partners are eligible for student health coverage.

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
13. Does your school offer the same transition-related healthcare benefits to students and their partners/spouses?
Yes
a. If so, please summarize or reproduce your policy here (or you may email a copy of your policy to rishell@lgbtbar.org):

Gender Transition Medical Expenses. Our parent university’s SHIP (Student Health Insurance Plan) covers up to $10,000 per surgery or series of surgeries for in-net or out-of-network.  Coverage includes, but is not limited to, medically necessary services related to gender transition such as transgender surgery,  hormone therapy, psychotherapy and vocal training.

Travel Expenses. Certain travel expenses incurred in connection with an approved transgender surgery will be covered, when the Hospital at which the surgery is performed is 75 miles or more from the student’s place of residence, provided the expenses are authorized in advance by the university. The following travel expenses incurred by a student and one companion are covered:

  • Ground transportation to and from the Hospital when it is 75 miles or more from the student’s place of residence.
  • Coach airfare to and from the Hospital when it is 300 miles or more from the student’s place of residence.
  • Lodging, limited to one room, double occupancy.
  • Other reasonable expenses. Meals, tobacco, alcohol, recreational drug expenses and other non-food items are excluded.
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
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

No, as to mandatory training.  The law school, however, has offered a Safe Zone Training to faculty, staff, students, and administrators on three occasions in the past year alone.  The law school also includes two diversity and inclusion training sessions for students, one during orientation and one as part of the law school’s required first-year Legal Profession course.  The trainings address, among other topics, LGBTQ+ issues.

The law school offers regular safe zone trainings for faculty and staff. We also offer trainings in implicit bias every other year.

McGeorge conducts two diversity training programs for its first-year students.  First, during our First Week Program (what other law schools call orientation), we conduct a training focused on a wide variety of issues the students may encounter and communicate our inclusivity expectations.  Second, as part of our required Legal Profession Course, we teach a session called “Lawyering Across Difference.” We touched on cultural and sexual orientation differences and their implications for being effective as a lawyer and a member of the community.

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.)?

Yes.  The law school uses large parts of a 13-acre campus, all of which was originally purchased by the law school but is now shared. In total, 34 of the 64 bathrooms on campus are gender inclusive. 26 are marked as such (the other eight have no gender markings at all and are used by anyone who chooses to use them).  The door signage of the marked bathrooms has a picture of a man and a woman side by side. McGeorge does not merely have a large number of gender neutral bathrooms; we are also in the process of improving our signage for these bathrooms.

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
  1. “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the Law”
  2. “Reproductive Rights”
18. Does your law school have an active, visible LGBTQ+ law student group that is supported by the institution?
Yes

Yes, we have the following applicable student groups supported by our school:

Lambda
If When How
Unity Caucus

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?

Yes, the law school has a hate/bias incident policy that students are required to follow. Yes, the process identifies sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories. See the form at this link: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?UnivofthePacific&layout_id=40. It allows a report of bias or hate relating to, among other categories listed, Gender Identity/Expression, Sex, and Sexual Orientation.

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:
  • The law school is the only law school in the country that has an on-campus, law student-focused Center for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) that explicitly serves, among others, LGBTQ+ students.  The CID is staffed by professionals, faculty, staff, and students who are trained to support the students served by the CID.
  • The law school’s Associate Dean for Administration, who is also a faculty member, is one of the senior leaders of the law school and is a gay man.
  • The law school hosts an annual alumni event to support the Poile Scholarship mentioned in the law school’s answer to question 5.
  • The law school hosts an annual drag show in which faculty, staff, administrators, and students participate, also as a fundraiser for the Poile Scholarship.
  • The law school has offered a Safe Zone Training to faculty, staff, students, and administrators on three occasions in the past year alone.
  • The law school delivers two diversity and inclusion training sessions for students, one during orientation and one as part of the law school’s required first-year Legal Profession course. The trainings address, among other topics, LGBTQ+ issues.