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Elena Kagan’s notable accomplishment was kicking military recruiters off of Harvard’s campus?

When the Supreme Court later rejected her position on military recruiting at Harvard, it did so unanimously.
Beginning in 2004, Kagan changed established Harvard policy and barred recruiters from the school’s career center. The Pentagon responded by invoking the Solomon Amendment, a 1994 law that explicitly requires universities that receive federal funding to allow military representatives at least as much access to campus as any other group. With Harvard’s $400 million in annual grants on the line, Kagan was forced to surrender.
But she kept fighting. Kagan and the university filed an amicus brief arguing that Harvard’s policy did not amount to discrimination against the military. The university, claimed the brief, does “not single out military recruiters for disfavored treatment: Military recruiters are subject to exactly the same terms and conditions of access as every other employer.

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Asked by Anonymous at 6:38 AM on May. 12, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • That's just great.

    Yeah, I can tell from that that she's obviously someone I want on the Supreme Court.

    Jello for brains.


    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 9:58 AM on May. 12, 2010

  • You're missing the key point of her argument. She did so because of Don't Ask Don't Tell. It is a discriminatory policy. She wanted for all students who wished to serve to be able to do so. She was not trying to protect her precious ivy league elite from the horrors of war, she wanted all students to have the opportunity to fight for their country - regardless of sexuality.

    In fact, she's very pro military. So much so, that she takes great issue with Don't Ask Don't Tell limiting individual's ability to serve.

    Answer by beckcorc at 11:27 AM on May. 12, 2010

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