After Court Battle, Military Recruiters to Appear at Yale Law Today

Miltary recruiters will participate in a recruiting fair at Yale Law School for the first time in five years this afternoon, after a decision by the federal government to withhold some $350 million in funding from the school was vindicated in an appeals court. The funding withdrawal was threatened in compliance with the Solomon Amendment, a statute that allows the government to take action when a school refuses to allow recruiters from the U.S. military to appear on campus alongside other corporate and government recruiters.

Since 1978, Yale Law School has required recruiters to sign a pledge of nondiscrimination. Military recruiters would not do that because of the Defense Department’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which permits homosexuals to serve in the armed forces as long as they keep their sexual orientation private.