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VT Law School to Mark “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Law’s Repeal, Welcomes Military Recruiters Back to Campus

September 22, 2011

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School will host a ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 29, to mark the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law and the impending return of military recruiters to campus after more than 25 years. The event will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Yates Common Room in Debevoise Hall.Image of military Jeep

Speaking will be Dean Jeff Shields, Professor Jackie Gardina and Alex Manning, a 2006 VLS graduate who was discharged from the military under the "don't ask, don't tell" law. Manning, a former agent with the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, is a criminal law and family law attorney in Georgia.

VLS was one of only two law schools in the nation that prohibited military recruiters on campus because of the law, which prevented gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military -- and VLS was the only law school that forewent some federal funds because of its stance on "don't ask, don't tell." Shields has notified the Pentagon that military recruiters are allowed back on campus, and VLS's Career Services office is scheduling visits with representatives from the Judge Advocate General's Corps in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force.

VLS's nondiscrimination policy, which has remained unchanged since 1985, requires all employers to affirm that they do not discriminate based on protected characteristics, including sexual orientation. VLS's policy reflects no bias against the armed forces as a career for the school's graduates, but it opposed the military's long-standing discrimination in recruitment and discipline on the basis of sexual orientation.

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