February 9, 2005


Judge won't use clerks from Yale (VAL WALTON, February 09, 2005, Birmingham

An Alabama federal judge has told Yale Law School he won't accept its graduates for clerkships because the school blocks military recruiters from campus.

Senior U.S. District Judge William Acker Jr., a Yale graduate, explained his decision in a Monday letter to the law school's Dean Harold Koh.

Acker wrote that he was exercising the same freedom of speech that U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall supported when she ruled Jan. 31. She backed the faculty's claim that their rights to free speech were violated by enforcement of the Solomon amendment, which requires schools to provide access to military recruiters or lose federal funding, including student loans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 9, 2005 9:13 PM

If a D.C. Circuit judge makes the same announcement, Yale will change its mind or risk attack by its students.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 9, 2005 10:55 PM

The Federal Government should insist that all universities that don't allow the military to recruit on campus shall no longer have their various professional degrees respected by the US. IOW, if Harvard bars the military, it's graduates should no longer be permitted to practice law at the Federal bar, to be employed as their degrees would otherwise warrant etc.

The Federal government should also cancel all research grants and all Pell grants, financial aid for students etc granted to students who attend such institutions.

Posted by: Bart at February 10, 2005 6:17 AM

Immediate impeachment proceeding should start in the House against all Federal judges including Supreme Court Judges who refuse to fire the clerks from such institutions. Probably will fail or cause considerable controversy, but who knows go for it, what have the House Members got to lose really.

(I don't know what I'm talking about, but I get so mad about having to be in continual negotiation with Federal Judges about a clearly stated law that I say up the demogoguery)

Posted by: h-man at February 10, 2005 7:43 AM