Friday, September 16, 2005
New York Law School, Vermont & William Mitchell Barred from Receiving Federal Funds Under Solomon Amendment
Inside Higher Ed reports today that the U.S. Defense Department has added New York Law School to the list of law schools barred from receiving federal funds for violating the Solomon Amendment. Other law schools on the list are Vermont and William Mitchell. Here is the lead in the Inside Higher Ed story:
The U.S. Defense Department is taking another run at law schools that have refused to let military recruiters visit their campuses because of the Pentagon’s stance on gay servicemen and women. But so far, the only institutions the department has singled out for possible loss of federal funds are three independent law schools. One other law school that has barred military recruiters — Yale’s — is shielded from Pentagon retribution by a court’s injunction, while Harvard’s law school, which last fall declared its intention to bar military recruiters, seems to have been left alone so far.
Update: Todd Zywicki of The Volokh Conspiracy notes that since these three are stand alone law schools unattached to larger universities, the Government's action is narrowly focused on law schools and does not raise the issue of withholding funding for an entire university as a result of the law school's decisions.