Friday, December 24, 2010
DADT Repeal and On-Campus Military Recruiters
This post is an inquiry, not a comment. I have seen a general New York Times story on the future of ROTC after the repeal of DADT, and this (well-deserved) piece on Tobias Barrington Wolff of Penn Law and the repeal of DADT. But I haven't seen much if any discussion about the future of on-campus military recruitment at law schools in the wake of the repeal. Of course, under the Solomon Amendment, law schools receiving funding were obliged to make those recruiters welcome. But there is a difference between a grudging welcome and an open-armed one, as Journey observes. Recall that the law schools opposed equal access to students by military recruiters solely or primarily because of the military's discriminatory policies, and that the Supreme Court made clear in the Solomon Amendment case that the law schools were free to voice their disagreement with those policies even if they were obliged to provide equal access to the recruiters.
Now, however, with the repeal of DADT, what stood as the primary reason to be unhappy about the presence of military recruiters is being dealt with. I might have expected to see news releases from the AALS and the major law schools, especially those that were full-throated in their opposition to equal access, celebrating the repeal and emphasizing that this will allow them to allow and support, in good conscience, the recruitment of law students to the defense establishment and the war machine (a phrase I do not mean in an insulting fashion).
Of course it's the Christmas/holiday season, and there are fewer people around to issue releases and so on. But I might especially have expected a news release from the AALS in advance of the annual meeting, celebrating the possibility that we will have more citizen-soldier-lawyers drawn from the ranks of the law schools.
Am I missing something? There may have been such announcements and I may just have missed them. Is anyone aware of any statements of this sort?
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Did Journey really point out the difference between a grudging welcome and an open-armed one? She was already by his side -- lying beside him, there in the dark -- when the open arms were declared.
Posted by: Orin Kerr | Dec 24, 2010 1:34:40 PM
FYI: Today's Washington Post features an editorial precisely on the question of the return of military recruiters to post-secondary institutions.
Posted by: consiglieri | Dec 24, 2010 4:45:18 PM
Also, keep in mind that DADT is not officially done with. It's still official military policy. I wouldn't expect official responses from universities until DADT is actually dead.
Posted by: DADT | Dec 25, 2010 6:06:09 PM