Category: Life at Duke

OutLaw’s Shellhorn Elected as Young Trustee

OutLaw is proud to announce that member and former President, Ben Shellhorn will serve on the Duke Board of Trustees as the Young Trustee. Shellhorn is a third year, JD/MBA student, and the current President of the Graduate Student Body. For more information on Ben and his service to the Duke community, please see the Chronicle article posted below.

How To Succeed As A Summer Associate

Duke OutLaw is co-hosting a panel discussion featuring a group of attorneys from Haynes and Boone, who will discuss tips and strategies for making the most of of summer associate positions. The discussion will be held on Thursday, January 29th at 12:30. All are welcome to attend!

2014 – 2015 Call for Elections

Duke’s OutLaw group needs you!  We are looking for candidates to help shape the future of the organization, and thus are asking all potential applicants to SUBMIT ONLINE HERE.

You are asked to submit a statement of interest, which can be in a medium of your choice.  We accept graphics (.jpg, .jpeg, .png), Word documents (.doc, .docx), portable document format (.pdf), or PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx).   The statement of interest is your opportunity to express your interests for OutLaw and can target one position (e.g., President) or be created to encompass a wide swath of positions.  Either way, you can be considered for any role on the board.  The document you choose to upload should be limited to 1 sheet/slide/etc.

Voting will be done online, and shall be open for one full week (7 days).  We will use instant runoff vote (IRV) if there is more than one candidate, and multiple people can run for multiple positions.  For positions that run uncontested, we will vote by affirmation.  Both sets of voting requires a majority of voters.  Positions for which no person runs will be filled at the discretion of the newly-elected executives–either through appointments this year or at the start of the semester during the 2014–2015 academic year.

For current executives, please click here.  Also read the About page, which include our bylaws, featuring a description of each position’s role.

Duke University Approves Gender Confirmation Surgery Coverage in Health Plan

Duke University announced that it would include gender confirmation surgery in its health coverage as a step toward greater inclusion of the transgendered community, with coverage beginning in the fall.

This is a significant step toward equality in areas of gender diversity, and Duke’s move in this direction in one that only a handful of universities have taken, and indeed may be the most financially substantial coverage to date.

For complete coverage, the Duke Chronicle and the Huffington Post have extensive articles on the subject.

Duke Issues a Statement Opposing Amendment 1

Duke University and Duke Medical Center issued a joint statement in opposition to the so-called “Defense of Marriage” Amendment, which will appear on the May 2012 primary ballot. The full version appears below, with key language in bold.

Statement from Duke University and Duke Medicine

February 17, 2012

Duke University and Duke Medicine have a strong commitment to diversity in our missions of education, research and service to society. We put this goal into action by valuing all members of our community, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) faculty, staff, students and alumni.

More than two decades ago, Duke added “sexual orientation” to the university’s nondiscrimination policy, which it later expanded to include “gender identity.” Through this and other policies, and through its actions, Duke has sought to eliminate discrimination and promote equality for LGBT members of its community.  The many steps it has taken include:

  • Providing health insurance for same-sex spousal equivalents and families
  • Extending Family Medical Leave Act benefits to LGBT families
  • Extending the Duke Children’s Tuition Grant Program to LGBT families
  • Ensuring family facility benefits for gym and library access
  • Recognizing LGBT families for institutional financial aid purposes
  • Welcoming same-sex unions at the Duke Chapel and the Duke Gardens.
  • Providing funding, space and support for the Center for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual  & Transgender Life

We believe recognizing the families of LGBT faculty, employees and students by offering these and other benefits is essential for Duke to recruit, retain and nurture excellence in all our endeavors.  In addition,our commitment to diversity and equality extends beyond the campus to our larger community and region. For example, since 2000 Duke has hosted the annual NC Pride parade and festival. It also hosted the first two Equality NC conferences and galas and sponsored the 2011 Equality Gala.

Duke University and Duke Medicine reaffirm their commitment to providing equal benefits to LGBT faculty, staff, employees and students. As a major employer in North Carolina, we are proud to serve as a model of acceptance and diversity, and we stand alongside the LGBT community in seeking a more equal world. 

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