Law School prof discusses coalition, discrimination

A GW Law School professor met with students Tuesday to discuss the school’s recent joining of a coalition fighting for gay rights.

The Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, an alliance of several American law schools and professors suing the Department of Defense. FAIR claims the 1994 Solomon Amendment, which withholds federal funding from universities that prohibit military recruiting on campus, is unconstitutional.

Those opposed to the Solomon Amendment say the military discriminates against gays in the form of its “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” concerning sexuality.

The Law School joined the coalition in October.

The Student Association, which recently became a member of FAIR to show support for the Law School faculty, held the forum to give students a chance to find out more information about FAIR.

GW Law Professor Roger Schecter provided information about

the coalition during the forum.

Schecter explained recent controversy surrounding the amendment while students dined on pizza courtesy of the SA.

“We don’t discriminate, and basically, we don’t do business with those who do discriminate,” Schector said.

Eric Koester, a law student and member of the SA Academic Affairs Committee, introduced and commenced the forum, and some senators were present.

“Tonight was a good opportunity for the Student Life Commission to

reach out to students and see how they felt about the legislation,” said Anyah Dembling (ESIA-U).

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