Amelioration

NEW COURSE! Sexual Orientation & the Law (Spring '09)

Posted in Amelioration, General, QLaw News, UW Law School, Wisconsin on November 9th, 2008 by jason-foster – Comments Off

Law 940–L&CP: Sexual Orientation & the Law [2 Cr.]
Tuesdays, 5:40-7:40
Instructors:  Tamara Packard and Michele Perreault


QLaw has worked very hard over the past year to have a course taught on the topic of sexual orientation and the law–we are very excited that two local local attorneys (and UW Law alumni), Tamara Packard and Michele Perreault, will be co-teaching the course this Spring semester!  We are honored that Tamara and Michele are taking time out of their very busy schedules to teach what is sure to be an interesting and informative course for all students.  We appreciate the willingness of our administration to help make this happens and look forward to continuing to work with them to ensure that students have an opportunity to take such a course at least once during their three years at UW Law.  

Student Bar Association ~ SBA Statement

Posted in Amelioration, UW Law School on October 24th, 2006 by jason-foster – Comments Off

WHEREAS
the Student Bar Association is both a representative body entrusted with the responsibility to enact the will of its constituents and a group of student leaders with a duty to uphold the values of the greater University of Wisconsin Law School;

WHEREAS
the University of Wisconsin Law School has enacted, supports, and believes in a Non-Discrimination Policy that expressly prohibits discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation;

WHEREAS
the United States Department of Defense has enacted and supports a hiring policy that discriminates based on gender and sexual orientation;

WHEREAS
the United States Department of Defense has issued an interim regulation under the authority of the Solomon Amendment, forcing the University of Wisconsin Law School to suspend its Non-Discrimination Policy, allowing Military recruitment within its walls;

WHEREAS
the United States Department of Defense’s practice of discrimination at the University of Wisconsin Law School perpetuates injustice at a time when the Nation has repudiated prejudice and bias as the bases of social policy;

WHEREAS
the University of Wisconsin Law School Community is outraged at being forced to compromise its principles in the face of economic threat, and to suffer discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation;

THEREFORE,
be it resolved by the Student Bar Association, that we do hereby resist and oppose the Solomon Amendment and are outraged by its affront to the University of Wisconsin Law School Non-Discrimination Policy;

THEREFORE,
be it further resolved by the Student Bar Association, that we do hereby pledge our support and attention to the ameliorative efforts of concerned students;

THEREFORE,
be it further resolved by the Student Bar Association, that we do hereby empathize and join with the University of Wisconsin Law Community in its outrage and struggle against the Solomon Amendment’s suspension of our Non-Discrimination Policy;

THEREFORE,
be it further resolved by the Student Bar Association, that we do hereby support and believe in the University of Wisconsin Law School Non-Discrimination Policy which expressly prohibits discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation.

Solomon Webinar

Posted in Amelioration, General on April 8th, 2006 by jason-foster – Comments Off

ASJA is very pleased to invite members to participate in two very
important Council on Law in Higher Education (CLHE) webinars that we are sponsoring.

*Solomon Amendment: Compliance and Best Practices*

When: May 11th, 2:00-3:30 pm (Eastern)
Where: Whereever you want!
Presenter: Eliott Baker, Slippery Rock University Executive Director of Academic Records, Summer School & Graduate Studies About the program: This program is primarily designed to be an overview of compliance issues relating to the Solomon Amendment. A brief amount of time will be dedicated to discussing the case. In addition, best practices and suggestions will be provided.

Specifically, this program will provide:

1) Concise overview of the recent Supreme Court case
2) What kind of access and information must you provide to military recruiters?
3) What is “student recruiting information”?
4) How is the Solomon Amendment inter-related with FERPA?
5) How often do you have to respond to requests for “student recruiting information”?

There will also be plenty of time for Q & A!

To learn more or to register, please visit:

http://clhe.org/programs/solomon06/index.shtml

Letter from the Dean re: Solomon Amendment

Posted in Amelioration, UW Law School on November 1st, 2005 by jason-foster – Comments Off

In response to the military recruiting on campus forced upon us by the Solomon Amendment, the Dean sent the following letter to the entire law school:

From: Dean Kenneth B. Davis, Jr.

Re: Military Recruitment at the Law School

Date: October 21, 2005

As many of you know, the Law School’s longstanding policy is that any employer utilizing the Career Services Office to recruit or employ law students or graduates must agree not to discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, color, handicap, marital status, sex, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, arrest record or conviction record. The faculty adopted this policy because we are attempting to nurture within the Law School a community of mutual respect and inclusiveness.

On Tuesday October 25, and possibly on one or two occasions during the spring semester, military recruiters will be here at the Law School to interview law students for summer and full time positions in the JAG Corps of the various branches of the military. Because the Armed Services permit gay men, lesbians and bisexuals to serve in the military only if such individuals neither disclose, nor act upon, their sexual orientation (commonly known as the “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule), permitting recruiters from the Armed Services to interview our law students is not consistent with our employer non-discrimination policy. This letter is intended to clarify why recruiters for the armed services are nevertheless being allowed to interview students here at the Law School.

Congress has adopted a provision, known as the Solomon Amendment, which requires schools to provide the military with full access to students for recruitment purposes or risk termination of certain federal funds. This provision has been interpreted to place at risk not simply any federal grant and contract funds of the Law School, but those of the entire University of Wisconsin. The Law School thus permits on-campus interviewing by military recruiters for pragmatic reasons.

The presence of military interviewers within the Law School should not be misunderstood to reflect a decision by the faculty to endorse the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, or to tolerate discrimination in any form. I want to reiterate the commitment of the faculty, administrators and staff to making the Law School, and the Office of Career Services, a welcoming and supportive place for all our students.

The fact that these interviews will occur does not mean that the Law School has retreated in any way from our strongly held view that our gay, lesbian and bisexual students should be able to seek any and every job for which they are qualified, and that they should be allowed to serve in those jobs with honesty, integrity and pride. Proof of this commitment is evidenced by the Law School faculty’s vote last spring to join FAIR (the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights), which is challenging the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment in a case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court.

I want to underscore that the Law School is opposed to discrimination, not to military service. Generations of our students and alumni have served in the military; many are serving today. We are proud of them and grateful to all the men and women of the Armed Services for the sacrifices they make to defend this nation. It is because we hold the military in high regard that we believe it is especially important for all students to have equal access to the exceptional opportunities offered by the military to serve our country.

We at the Law School cannot, alone, change the hiring policies of the Armed Services. We can and will, however, make clear our own opposition to discrimination of any kind, and we will continue to do all that we can to assure our gay, lesbian and bisexual students, staff and faculty that they are welcome and valued members of our community.

Kenneth B. Davis, Jr.
Dean
George H. Young Chair
University of Wisconsin Law School
975 Bascom Mall; Madison, WI 53706-1399
Voice: (608) 262-0962; FAX: (608) 262-5485
kbdavis@wisc.edu