[Guest post by DRJ]
By blogging standards, this is an old story because it was covered by Power Line in mid-November. Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff, a Stanford Law graduate, blogged about his concern that Stanford Law unfairly discourages students from interviewing with military (Navy) recruiters by applying different interview rules for the military than for other recruiters. In addition, Stanford Law students told him that:
“… 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.”
Now Law.com has picked up story:
“Nearly the entire faculty of Stanford Law School has signed an e-mail to students encouraging those interested in a career in the military to meet recruiters off campus, a move that one Stanford alum argues puts the school at risk of violating the Solomon Amendment.
Paul Mirengoff, a 1974 Stanford law graduate and now partner at a Washington law firm, has made three entries on his blog, Power Line News, that stop short of saying Stanford is in violation — which the law school says emphatically it is not — but criticize the school for discouraging military recruiters.”
Given the Supreme Court’s Solomon Amendment ruling last year in Rumsfeld vs FAIR, I thought Stanford – and especially Stanford law professors – would have used the utmost care in issues like this. Instead, it looks like Stanford Law and most of its professors put their personal beliefs and politics first. Either that or Stanford Law and its professors don’t trust their law students to make informed choices about potential employers unless they have detailed instructions on “respectful” choices.
So my question to Stanford Law School and the law professors who encourage off-campus military recruiting is this: “Are Stanford Law graduates so poorly prepared that they can’t make personal and professional decisions without detailed instructions?”