September 21, 2005


Law School To Cooperate With Military Recruiters (DANIEL J. HEMEL and JAVIER C. HERNANDEZ, 9/20/05, Harvard Crimson)

Harvard Law School will actively cooperate with military recruiters this fall, despite the Pentagon’s refusal to sign the school’s nondiscrimination pledge, Dean Elena Kagan announced this evening.

Kagan’s announcement marks a reversal of her November 2004 decision to bar Pentagon recruiters from using the law school’s Office of Career Services. For most of the last 26 years, the office has only provided its resources to recruiters who promise not to discriminate against gay and lesbian employees and job applicants. The Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

In an e-mail to students and faculty this evening, Kagan wrote that the Pentagon had notified the University this summer that it would withhold most federal grants to Harvard unless the Law School altered its policy to allow military recruiters access to the resources of the career services office. Harvard receives more than $400 million per year in federal grants.

Don Rumsfeld takes out another enemy.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 21, 2005 2:57 PM

What's the theme for today's posts OJ? Sellout?

Posted by: Shelton at September 21, 2005 3:04 PM

Always refreshing when a law school follows the law.

Posted by: Rick T. at September 21, 2005 3:22 PM

Now that we've established what Harvard is, it's only a matter of establishing its price.

Posted by: erp at September 21, 2005 3:25 PM

Rumsfeld just appealed to their patriotism.

Posted by: Luciferous at September 21, 2005 3:46 PM

Money talks; bull***t walks.

W.F. Buckley made the point a long, long time ago, in God and Man at Yale, that every dollar channeled through government diminishes freedom. Bottom rail on top now.

Posted by: Lou Gots at September 21, 2005 3:58 PM

Accepting the inevitable is never selling out.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2005 4:12 PM

Yes, well, war rots people and institutions' ethnical standards quite routinely.

Posted by: Rick Perlstein at September 21, 2005 4:55 PM

Larry Summers definitely seems to have his head on straight--it's a wonder he's survived this long. Presumably he had a little talk with Dean Kagan. Also presumably someone at Harvard has figured out which way the Supreme Court wind is blowing...

Posted by: b at September 21, 2005 5:18 PM


Sure it does--you routinely defend anti-semites like Cindy Sheehan on this blog, after all.

Posted by: at September 21, 2005 5:36 PM


Which is why we should have nuked the Soviets instead of rotting for fifty years.

Posted by: oj at September 21, 2005 5:44 PM

It is a symptom of how deeply disconnected from reality the Blue State Elite is, that they have believed they could maintain their elite status without the robe or the sword. Of course no elite disconnected from those fundamental institutions has ever maintained its status, and the BSE is no exception.

Larry Summers, who is actually a very smart fellow knows this, but his faculty are so far stuck in their boomer youths as play revolutionaries that they are incapable of understanding this truth. Just shows that book learning doesn't make you smart.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 21, 2005 6:27 PM