Celebrate the Implementation of the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

Dear Law School Community,

 

On September 20, please join us for cake outside of the Professional Development Office (room 182) to celebrate the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

What Was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Passed by Congress in 1993, DADT was a law mandating the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual military service members.
More than 14,500 service members were fired under the law since 1993. 

What is the History of the Repeal of DADT?

  • On December 15, 2010 the House passed a stand-alone DADT bill, 250-175. This bill reflected the language of the repeal provision in the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • On December 18, 2010 the Senate passed the House's stand-alone DADT bill, 65-31
  • On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the bill allowing for repeal of DADT.
  • On July 22, 2011, President Obama, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen certified the U.S. military ready for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal
  • The implementation of the repeal will go into effect 60 days after the date of certification on September 20, 2011.

How did DADT Affect the Law School ?

All employers who recruit on our campus must certify that they do not discriminate in hiring based on specified protected classes, including sexual orientation. Until recently the military has not been able to certify nondiscrimination on that basis. In theory, the law school should not have allowed the military access to our students based on the discriminatory practice mandated by DADT. However not allowing access would have caused UofL to forgo a large amount of money from the federal government. Our decision (and similar decisions by all but two US law schools) to allow military recruiting created a mandate that we provide "amelioration" in a form that both publicly expressed the law school's disapproval and provided a safe and protective atmosphere for our LGBT students.

Due to the implementation of the repeal of DADT on September 20, this OCI session will be the first that military recruiters will be welcomed on our campus without amelioration. Please stop by at your leisure.  Let's celebrate!
Sincerely,
Kathy Urbach