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Emory Law does participate in diversity recruitment, including law fairs and events, and we offer application fee waivers for diverse students, including those who identity as LGBTQ+.
Our application includes the question: “Do you consider yourself to be a member of the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer) community?”
With all positions, the efforts are directed through Emory University. The university automatically posts jobs to several hundred unique job boards positioned to attract diverse applicants. Additionally, faculty position diversity efforts are directed through faculty contact including specific affinity groups affiliated with a particular field of study.
An annual, voluntary, anonymous survey overseen by the Institutional Research department of Emory Law. The human resources department of Emory Law invites all staff, administrators, and faculty (excluding adjunct) to complete the survey. Responses are not required for all survey questions in order for a person to submit a survey response.
From Emory Benefits Website. Infertility: If you are trying to start a family and need treatment, Emory offers an expanded infertility benefit. Covered infertility benefits include advanced reproductive therapy (ART) at Aetna Institutes of Excellence only, including the Emory Reproductive Center. All infertility benefits are covered up to a combined lifetime maximum of $25,000. Infertility expenses, therapy, and treatment (includes both Comprehensive [up to 6 ovulation inductions and insemination cycles] and ART services. Combined medical and pharmacy maximum up to $25,000 per lifetime. From Emory Healthcare Plan Summary Plan Description (POS). Infertility Services Expenses: Even though not incurred for treatment of a disease or injury, covered medical expenses will include expenses incurred by a covered female for infertility. The following infertility services expenses will be covered medical expenses: Ovulation induction with ovulatory stimulant drugs, subject to a maximum of six courses of treatment in a covered person’s lifetime; and • Advanced Reproductive Therapy (ART). These expenses will be covered on the same basis as for disease. A course of treatment is one cycle of treatment that corresponds to one ovulation attempt.
Infertility expenses, therapy, and treatment are covered at a combined medical and pharmacy lifetime maximum up to $25,000 (includes both Comprehensive [up to 6 ovulations and insemination] and Advanced Reproductive Technology services). Pre-authorization may be required. Not covered are charges for: • Purchase of donor sperm or storage of sperm; • Care of donor egg retrievals or transfers; • Cryopreservation or storage of cryopreserved embryos; • The use of a gestational carrier for the female acting as the gestational carrier; and • Home ovulation prediction kits.
From Emory Benefits Website. Adoption Reimbursement: If you are adopting a child, Emory University provides an Adoption Reimbursement Plan to eligible employees. This plan will reimburse you for qualified adoption expenses up to $5,000 per finalized adoption. Paid Parental Leave: Emory University provides paid parental leave to eligible staff employees, librarians and post-doctoral fellows who experience the birth or adoption of a child. Employee Eligibility: You are an eligible employee if you have completed one year of service and are a staff member, librarian or postdoctoral fellow who regularly works 20 hours or more per week. An eligible employee does not include employees of Emory Healthcare, medical residents, students, faculty, leased employees within the meaning of §414(n) of the Code (including temporary employees), or any party not classified as an employee by Emory University. Medical house staff have a separate parental leave policy and should contact the GME office for parental leave matters. Faculty also have a separate parental leave policies and should contact their Dean’s office for parental leave matters.
Transgender Surgery Expenses: Medically-necessary transgender surgery is a covered benefit. Extensive guidelines outlined by Aetna apply. Transgender Surgery Allowable Expenses are excluded for the following groups: Emory/Saint Joseph’s, Inc., Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta, Inc., and The Medical Group of Saint Joseph’s, LLC.
At Emory University, individuals may use bathrooms that most closely align with their gender identity. For individuals not comfortable using multi-stall single gender restrooms, single-occupancy private restrooms are available throughout the university, including the law school and law library. A directory of these restrooms is available on the Emory University LGBT Life website.
At Emory University, individuals may use bathrooms that most closely align with their gender identity. For individuals not comfortable using multi-stall single gender restrooms, the Office of LGBT Life has compiled a list of single-stall or single-occupant bathrooms on campus.
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All law school students must pay their student activities fees. The student activities fees are given to the Student Bar Association that they allocate to each student organization. This is how our student LGBTQ+ student organization receives funding.
Founded in 2018, Emory LGBTQ Legal Services (ELLS) exists to provide much-needed legal assistance to LGBTQ individuals in the Atlanta area. Atlanta is home to one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the US, exceeding that in New York City, with 4.2 percent of residents self-identifying. When attention turns to the city’s runaway and homeless youth population, that figure climbs even higher — to 28.2 percent self-identifying. Moreover, Georgia’s transgender population is the fourth-highest in the nation. ELLS will connects pro bono attorneys and volunteer law students with low-income LGBTQ clients who have legal needs that are not currently being addressed in our community.
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Professors are encouraged to ask students their preferred pronouns.
Through the Department of Campus Life, Emory University, the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Life seeks to engage the university community in the creation of affirming and just campus environment while supporting the development of students of all gender and sexual identities. The Office of LGBT is committed to supporting the needs and experiences of queer and/or Tran’s students of color. Emory knows that some of the most important work at Emory University happens outside our office. A wide variety of campus organizations at the university help to encourage this work and provide students with informal spaces to build community.
Allies: Fortunately, the Office of LGBT Life also has resources for allies and is welcoming to all people. Choosing to be an ally is one of the most important things a straight, cisgender person can do for the LGBTQ community. A lot of responsibility can come with being an ally, though. You are expected to know information that you may or may not be exposed to regularly. You may also feel a lot of pressure to be perfect at all times.
Faculty and Staff Resources: Safe Space: One of the most important programs the Office of LGBT Life offers for faculty and staff is our Safe Space program. Safe Space provides participants with an assortment of resources as well as useful tools for referring students to the appropriate supportive services. Safe Space: The primary goal is to provide awareness for participants about the lives and experiences of LGBTQ people. The second goal is to provide knowledge about LGBTQ issues. A large portion of this knowledge focuses on the resources that are available to students within the Emory community and in the Atlanta area. 3.5 hour Safe Space Training Class.
Faculty Staff Assistance Program: The program focuses on all aspects of well-being for faculty, staff, and physicians and provides links to the most relevant on-campus resources. Faculty and staff members seeking opportunities to connect with other LGBTQ faculty and staff members at Emory.
Student Resources: The Office of LGBT Life hosts a variety of programming specifically for LGBTQ graduate and professional students across the institution.
Queer Discussion Groups: The queer discussion groups are weekly, hour-long, low-commitment groups focusing on topics related to sexual and gender identities.
Monthly Graduate Student Mixers: Each month, the office holds mixers where we invite all LGBTQ graduate students to build community, learn about office programming, and connect with peers from different schools and departments. Keep an eye out for the next mixer!
LGBTQ Graduate Student Coalition: The Office of LGBT Life Staff advise the LGBTQ Graduate Student coalition through programmatic support, collaborations and partnerships, and navigating institutional policies.
Pride Awards: The Pride Awards occur every year on or around March 2 to commemorate the campus-wide protest on March 2, 1992. Started by Saralyn Chesnut on March 2, 1993, the annual Pride Awards commemorate the protest and celebrate the progress made each year. Individual members within the community are also recognized for the exceptional work they do through our peer-nominated awards. Varying year to year, these awards showcase the great work many people do behind the scenes for LGBT equality. Students are also awarded scholarships to acknowledge their work with the community and to enable them to continue striving toward equity. Graduating students and alumni are honored each year in our Lavender Graduation.
Professional Development and Networking: The Office of LGBT Life is committed to supporting students as they prepare to enter professional work settings via networking opportunities, panels, etc. for business, law, healthcare, and other fields.