August 19, 2003


To: Deans of Member and Fee-Paid Schools
From: Carl C. Monk
Subject: Proposed Solomon Amendment Litigation


The AALS was recently asked to become the lead plaintiff in litigation that would challenge the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, which imposes financial sanctions on schools that do not permit military recruitment on campus.

As you may know the AALS has identified six core values, one of which is non-discrimination on a variety of grounds, including sexual orientation. After serious consideration and lengthy deliberation the Executive Committee concluded unanimously that filing suit on the issue of military recruitment would not advance the core value of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and thus declined to become a plaintiff in such litigation. The AALS of course remains committed to taking all action that it believes would help advance its core values, including sexual orientation non-discrimination.


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