Vermont Law School To Lift Ban On Military Recruiters

07/22/11 4:04PM By Neal Charnoff

(Host) Vermont Law School has lifted its ban on military recruiters on campus. 

The move comes in anticipation of the official repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the fall. 

The law prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military. 

Vermont Law School has been one of only two law schools in the country to prohibit military recruiters on campus because of the law, which it says conflicts with the school's nondiscrimination policy. And it's the only law school that has had to forgo some federal funds because of its stance.

Dean Jeff Shields says it was important that Vermont Law School stood fast to what he calls a position of principle. 

(Shields) "Well I'm very proud of Vermont Law School and it's faculty and board having the courage to speak truth to power, even when there was an adverse financial impact on the law school, I think it was from a symbolic point of view very important for  our students."

(Host)  Late today, President Obama certified the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. It becomes effective in 60 days, or late September.

 

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