OUTLaw at Arizona Summit Law School is dedicated to public service and advocating for LGBT equality. One mission we have committed to taking on is the partnership with Equality Arizona’s Project Jigsaw.
This is a grassroots campaign focused on forwarding the progress of LGBT family rights, more specifically with the foster and adoption processes. There are state agencies that refuse to represent same-sex couples seeking to adopt. There are others that place same-sex couples on the bottom of the list of available homes.
With over 18,000 children in state care, there is no room for discrimination. There is urgency to advocate for the displaced children, as well as the LGBT families seeking to remedy the demand of loving, safe homes.
OUTLaw will focus efforts with research based on legal resources and public policy. We will be helping Project Jigsaw align with beneficial legal resources to implement policies that will protect LGBT couples seeking to foster and/or adopt. This will entail reaching out to current attorneys that are assisting families through the legal process of adoption, contacting agencies and getting facts on their current procedures, reviewing documents related to fostering and adoption, and connecting with attorneys in other states who have already implemented legislation that is consistent with equality. Each task that is completed by an OUTLaw member, or supporting student, will be a part of a collaborative effort to drive change.
Simultaneously, the work will also be credited toward the pro bono requirement for law students. While this is mutually beneficial for this reason, it is not the only one. OUTLaw students and others at ASLS will experience the opportunity to facilitate legislative change for equality. In the process, this is a medium to network with public officials, attorneys, state agencies, and citizens of Arizona seeking assistance with legal inequalities.
ASLS students, for more information on how to participate in the pro bono opportunity, please contact Sabine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Opportunity – One N Ten, LGBTQ Youth Center Halloween Festival
This event will serve as a great LGBTQ public service opportunity, as well as a beneficial team building opportunity for our OUTLaw E board and members. We will be helping the center setup for the event, as well as assist throughout the evening with event festivities.
When: Friday, October 30th – 4 pm to 9 pm
Contact for signup and more information: Lisa – Email: email@example.com
OUTLaw General Meeting in November
Non-student guests are welcome to attend. Please check in with a member of the Eboard for parking and visitation directions.
Wednesday, Nov 18th. 12PM-1PM
Special Guest Speaker Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo
OUTLaw Fall Network Mixer Event
Tuesday, Nov 3rd, 5:30PM-7:30PM
Bliss / reBar
901 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Featured Guest Justice Rebecca White Berch
- Arizona Supreme Court, March 2002 – Present
- Justice, March 2002 – June 2005; July 2014 – Present
- Chief Justice, July 2009 – June 2014
- Vice Chief Justice, June 2005 – June 2009
- Marilyn R. Seymann Founder’s Award, Arizona Foundation for Women, 2015
- Juris Doctor, Honoris Causa, Arizona Summit School of Law, 2014
- Speaker, Commencement Ceremony, Arizona Summit School of Law, 2014
OUTLaw of Arizona Summit Law School has been nominated for a 2015 Equality Arizona Award!
We were nominated for our dedication, service and achievements on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
EQ AZ Awards Selection Committee will be reviewing all nominations and make the announcement at the upcoming Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 10th at 7 p.m. at Chateau Luxe.