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March 06, 2006
Profs Supremely Wrong

The Supreme Court today upheld the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment, which requires educational institutions which take certain types of federal funding to allow military recruiters the same access that any other recruiters are granted.

Those suing to have the law stricken down were the Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights, a group of law school professors and administrators opposed to the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, who wished to block recruiters' access [allegedly] on First Amendment grounds (though to be honest, I don't think I'm going too far out on a limb to suspect that they would grasp at any reason at all to oppose the military.)

Unanimously, the Supreme Court ruled against FAIR and in favor of the US government's position.

All of which begs the question: if the members of FAIR were so incredibly wrong — unanimously SCOTUS-ly wrong — on the meaning of the law and the applicability of the First Amendment, then what are they doing teaching Law in the first place?

These are the people producing bumper crops of lawyers every year. What else might they be wrong about? With what are they filling law students' heads?

And, is "SCOTUS-ly" a word?

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Posted by Russ at 05:50 PM, March 6, 2006 in News

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what are they doing teaching Law in the first place?

Damned good question.

And, is "SCOTUS-ly" a word?

It is now. That's the beauty of the English language.

Posted by: Brian B at March 7, 2006 01:28 PM

You nailed that one, brother.

But as you already know, they aren't so much interested in teaching the Law as they are interested in changing the meaning of the law.

Posted by: Brad at March 8, 2006 03:14 AM

You have to feel a little sorry for those poor law profs. Sitting around all day, teaching the same cases to dumb kids, trying to get their point across that they know best about interpretation of the law. Constitution? It's a living, breathing opportunity to mold law into what's best for people. And who better to determine that than the wise law prof?

Posted by: MarcV at March 8, 2006 10:10 AM