Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Short List of Resources on Solomon Amendment

Unable to attend the Solomon Amendment Discussion or motivated by the discussion to learn more, consider the following short annotated list of sources:

1) Phillip Carter and Adam A. Sofen Debate. Military Recruiting on Law School Campuses? Debate Club 10/18/04 Legal Affairs at http://www.legalaffairs.org/webexclusive/debateclub_solomon1004.msp
This resource, which pre-dates the FAIR v. Rumsfeld decision, offers both the practical and theoretical underpinnings of the opposing viewpoints in the debate over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" as well as the Solomon Amendment. The participants in the debate have provided some links to supporting documentation for the positions they advocate.

2) Sharra E. Greer et. al. Rum, sodomy, and the lash: what the military thrives on and how it affects legal recruitment and law schools. 14 Duke J. of Gender L. & Pol'y 1143 available at http://www.law.duke.edu/shell/cite.pl?14+Duke+J.+Gender+L.+&+Pol'y+1143#H1N3
This article is based on panel remarks presented at the National Lesbian and Gay Law Foundation Lavender Law Conference, September 8, 2006. Panel members include Sharra E. Greer, Warrington S. Parker, III, Elizabeth L. Hillman, and Diane H. Mazur. Elizabeth Hillman's remarks articulately explain the role of law and legal professionals in the armed forces. It is the important role that judge advocates fill that is the basis for arguments by others that the military must have access to the "best and the brightest" law schools have to offer. Hillman's remarks also detail the her belief that "it is a mistake to counsel persons interested in joining the military's legal corps without talking about the responsibility of military lawyers to enforce existing personnel rules, including the legal discrimination against gays and lesbians that the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy embraces.

3) NALP (Association for Legal Career Professionals) Solomon Amendment Information http://www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=81
This source provides an overview of the Solomon Amendment and developments regarding the legislation and challenging cases since 2005. Many links to regulations, briefs, and other sources of information are provided.