We have written many times about the Solomon Amendment, which requires schools receiving federal funding to give access to military representatives for recruiting purposes, and to treat military recruiters in the same way they treat all other employment recruiters. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment in the face of a challenge by a group of law schools and professors.
Today, I had breakfast with several students who belong to the Stanford chapter of the Federalist Society. Based on what they said, it seems to me that Stanford is violating the Solomon Amendment.
As I understand it, when a prospective employer seeks permission to visit the Stanford campus to recruit law students, the career services office sends an email to all law schools asking who is interested in attending. If the number is very small, the law school will not invite the employer. So far, so good.
But I was told that if a student expresses interest in interviewing with the Navy JAG corp representative (apparently the only service branch that hasn’t internalilzed Stanford’s anti-militlary message), the student is then contacted by the career services office, which gauges the student’s interest. Unless the student shows a high level of interest, in essence agreeing that he or she will accept a job offer from the Navy, that student is deemed insufficiently interested to count for purposes of determining whether the threshold number of interested students has been satisfied. I understand that the career services office does not put students who sign up for interviews with law firms through this drill, or any drill.
In addition, the Stanford Law faculty has distributed a letter to students telling them that it is disrespectful to their fellow students (i.e., Stanford’s gay and lesbian community) to meet on campus with recruiters from the military. The faculty urges those interested in military employment to meet with recruiters off campus. As I understand it, the faculty does not urge students to snub on-campus visits by any other potential employer.
I have not contacted the University to find out whether it agrees with the above rendition of the facts. But if these facts are true, don’t they amount to a violation of the Solomon Amendment?
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