A new court decision allows Yale to take a strong stand on military recruiting:
Only days before the Judge Advocate General recruiting season is set to begin, Yale Law School officials announced yesterday they will bar military recruiters from the school after years of legal wrangling and campus protests. This decision, which was announced through a school-wide e-mail, came in response to a Connecticut District Court ruling on Monday in a lawsuit filed by Yale faculty members against the Department of Defense. After reviewing summary judgment claims, U.S. District Judge Janet Hall ruled that the Solomon Amendment — which blocked federal funding to schools that banned military recruiters from campus — was unconstitutional as applied to the Yale Law School. In her decision, Hall said the amendment “is not narrowly tailored to advance a compelling government interest, and thus unjustifiably burdens the Faculty Members’ First Amendment right of expressive association.” Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh, a plaintiff in the suit, praised the decision. “I think the message here is if the government is asking you to support discrimination you should say no, and I think in this we are vindicated,” said Koh, who was a plaintiff in the suit.