September 20, 2007
Boolah, Boolah: Yale opts for moolah
The Associated Press reports:
Yale Law School will end its policy of not working with military recruiters following a court ruling this week that jeopardized about $300 million in federal funding, school officials said Wednesday.Yale and other universities had objected to the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy that allows gay men and women to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation to themselves. Yale Law School had refused to assist military recruiters because the Pentagon wouldn't sign a nondiscrimination pledge.The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Yale on Monday, rejecting its argument that its right to academic freedom was infringed by federal law that says universities must give the military the same access as other job recruiters or forfeit federal money."The fact is we have been forced under enormous pressure to acquiescence in a policy that we believe is deeply offensive and harmful to our students," said Robert Burt, a Yale law professor who was lead plaintiff in the case.
For those who thought these richly endowed law schools were really blocking recruiters for reasons unrelated to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy this comes as no surprise.
What has always been surprising is so many "brilliant" law professors seem to have seen merit in the claim that they were entitled to federal funds on their terms.