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Anti-Discrimination and Military Recruiting on Campus: Past, Present, and Future

MAR
19
Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM EDT
Law School East Wing Room 120Map Location

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP above so we can get a more accurate count.

Join the Law School Administration and the Law Student Association in a panel discussion and Q&A session on the history and future of military recruiting on college campuses.

Boston College Law School has a long history of fighting against discrimination. Several decades ago, we were one of the first law schools to add sexual orientation to our anti-discrimination policy. When Congress passed the Solomon Amendment, requiring law schools to invite onto campus military recruiters who discriminated against our gay and lesbian students, this law school led a nationwide effort to oppose that law through the founding of the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights (FAIR), a coalition of law schools that challenged the Solomon Amendment and pursued the case to the Supreme Court. The Court ruled against the groups in Rumsfeld v FAIR, but their efforts were instrumental in bringing attention to and eventually ending the military’s discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

As many of you know, the Supreme Court recently allowed the Trump administration to temporarily enforce a transgender military service ban while several lawsuits against it moved forward in lower courts. This has forced law schools to once again allow military recruiters on-campus while undermining their own anti-discrimination policies of diversity and inclusion that are at the core of the schools' identity and mission.

BC Law Professor Alan Minuskin, a key player in the earlier FAIR fight, will moderate a discussion covering the history of BC Law's faculty and student leadership in the FAIR/Solomon case, the current and potential future status of the transgender military service ban, and the current student perspective about recruiting on campus. We will end with a discussion with the audience that will allow members of our community to express their concerns and opinions and ask questions.

Panelists:

Alan Minuskin, Clinical Professor of Law, Boston College (mod.)
Mason Dunn, Executive Director of Mass Transgender Political Coalition
Sara Smolik, Senior Trial Attorney at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
George Mead, 2nd year student, BC Law, former military recruiter, member of Lambda
Mitch Carney, 1st year student, BC Law, member of Lambda