Dean Diller’s Response

Cardozo is a diverse law school that welcomes people of all religions, races, backgrounds and sexual orientations. We are proud of our community and value the many contributions of our past and present gay and lesbian students, faculty, administrators, and staff to building our Law School and to our nationally recognized success. Cardozo has an active LGBT student organization and sponsors a range of academic activities focusing on the legal questions raised by issues relating to sexual orientation, including faculty scholarship, courses, public panels and speakers. The Law School also has programs to support the careers of LGBT students and alumni who may face issues of discrimination in the job market.

Cardozo is part of Yeshiva University, which is committed to a non-discriminatory policy and honors the dignity of all individuals. Yeshiva has a mission that is unique among universities. For YU’s undergraduate programs, this mission is reflected in an emphasis on both secular and Jewish religious studies. The YU mission, however, is manifested differently in its professional schools, generally, and at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, in particular. Cardozo’s mission focuses on teaching students the knowledge and skills to be highly accomplished scholars and professionals, and on instilling the highest ethical and moral values so that our graduates are prepared to be outstanding citizens and to uphold the highest standards in the practice of law and in professional life.

Cardozo’s diversity is essential to this mission. The singular brilliance of the American legal system is that it establishes a framework for public life in which people can work together to achieve common ends, while at the same time preserving and valuing individual differences. Law students can only gain a full appreciation of this accomplishment and the challenges it presents by studying law in a community composed of members that have a wide range of perspectives and life experiences. For this reason, among others, having lesbian and gay students, faculty, administrators, and staff is vital to the Law School and we are committed to fostering and maintaining an environment that embraces this diversity.