I received this message in an e-mail from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) this morning:
SALT Launches List Serve on LGBT Issues at Religiously-Affiliated Law Schools
SALT member and Seton Hall University law professor Marc Poirier announces Constellation!
A project of the SALT LGBT Committee, Constellation is a moderated list serve intended to provide a forum for discussing the concerns of LGBT faculty, administrators, and staff at religiously-affiliated law schools. We are open to all permanent faculty, administrators, and staff at U.S. law schools, regardless of a participant’s sexual orientation and regardless of the institutional structure of a particular law school. Constellation will facilitate general discussion, communication of news and concerns, and the consideration of responses to specific and general concerns. Our goals are to generate a shared sense of support and possibility, to support networking, and to facilitate productive general and institution-specific conversations and resolutions. Varying perspectives are welcome. Civility is expected. Although membership is limited, confidentiality cannot be assured.
Constellation will begin operation during the week of January 11. You may email firstname.lastname@example.org and request subscription.
I plan to subscribe to this list serve even though I am not at a religiously affiliated law school. I am interested in learning about the issues faced by those at religiously affiliated law schools, some of which do much better than others on LGBT issues.
For a great take on the collision between religiously affiliated law schools, the AALS, and institutional pluralism, I would highly recommend JosÃ© Gabilondo’s recently published piece Institutional Pluralism from the Standpoint of Its Victims: Calling the Question on Indiscriminate (In)tolerance, 21 Law & Literature 387 (2009) (available through Westlaw).