An Analysis of the Struggle Between American Law Schools and the Recruiters of the Department of Defense and the Judge Advocate General Corps.
By: Collin F. Delaney, Editor*.
*In the interest of full disclosure, the author accepted an offer to serve in the Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps’ Summer Intern Program in May-August of 2007. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author.
I: Dear Abby
It was none other the iconic American advice columnist Dear Abby who noted, “fighting fire with fire only gets you ashes.”. Despite the truth to Dear Abby’s statement, much of the United States’ social policy fails to heed this advice so readily accessible in our daily newspapers. Centuries of racial discrimination in this nation was perplexingly countered with affirmative action and other forms of racial quotas. Apparently, lawmakers felt that implementing prejudicial policies would be the best way to curb discrimination.
This “fire with fire” countermeasure has also seen implementation in countless numbers of our nation’s law schools. The controversies surrounding the U.S. Armed Forces policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” toward homosexuals are well known. In response to this, beginning in the 1980s, U.S. law schools began banning Department of Defense (“DoD”) representatives from their campuses. . Somehow, banning an organization because they banned a class of citizens did not seem at all odd to the respective law school administrations. To quote Jon Stewart, “The irony of all of this, is that they failed to see the irony of all of this.” .