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Dec. 16, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 8

Court Decision on Solomon Supports BC Law Professor

When the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals last month reversed the decision of the US District Court for the District of New Jersey and ordered a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the Solomon Amendment, it marked a victory for Prof. Kent Greenfield (Law), who leads the fight against the law that required law schools to allow military recruiters on campus or lose federal dollars.

Greenfield had filed suit on behalf of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, or FAIR, a group of law schools and faculty groups who maintained the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, barring overt homosexuals from the service, violated campus anti-discrimination standards.

"This is a big vindication of our efforts," Greenfield told the Washington Post. "This ruling allows schools and universities around the country to refuse to be agents of military discrimination against some of their students."

Boston College Law School, which is not party to the lawsuit, had been in compliance with the Solomon Amendment and had facilitated interviews between military recruiters and its students who were interested in legal careers within the military.

In light of the recent court ruling, the University said it will review the case and its options.

"With no military recruiters scheduled to come to campus before the spring, the University plans to take the time to review the decision and discuss it with Law School faculty and BC administrators," said Jack Dunn, director of public affairs.

"We will also be monitoring this case as it proceeds to a final decision in the District Court," Dunn said. -Mark Sullivan

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