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Law School Deans Call For Repeal Of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

Publication Date: 
March 23, 2010
The National Law Journal
Karen Sloan

Dean Larry Kramer is mentioned along with other law school deans for signing a letter urging the repeal of the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. Karen Sloan of the National Law Journal filed this story:

The debate over the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is heating up, and the deans of top U.S. law schools are weighing in on the issue at the urging of their students.

Five law school deans sent a letter to the Senate and House Armed Services committees late last week urging the repeal of the policy, which bars gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

The letter was signed by University of California, Berkeley School of Law Dean Christopher Edley Jr., Stanford Law School Dean Larry Kramer, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Yale Law School Dean Robert Post and New York University School of Law Dean Richard Revesz.

In the letter, the deans said the policy is in direct conflict with the law schools' goals of fostering diversity and producing public servants.

"One of our core missions is training America's public servants and providing them with opportunities to serve in all levels of government," the letter reads. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell directly obstructs our efforts, preventing some of out best and brightest from serving their country in the Armed Forces."