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Dean Shields Talks to Marketplace About "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

May 4, 2011

Marketplace, the national radio program, spoke with Dean Jeff Shields, Professor Greg Johnson and several students on May 2 about Vermont Law School's stance on the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

Dean Jeff Shields

Dean Jeff Shields

Listen to and read the Marketplace story.

VLS is one of only two law schools in the nation that prohibit military recruiters on campus because of  "don't ask, don't tell," which prevents gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military--and VLS is the only law school that foregoes some federal funds because of its stance on "don't ask, don't tell."

Legislation to repeal the law was approved by Congress and signed by President Obama in December, but the repeal won't be effective until 60 days after the president, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of defense certify that policies and regulations are in place and military readiness will not be affected.

Once the repeal is finalized, Shields will notify the Pentagon that military recruiters are allowed back on campus for the first time in more than 25 years.

VLS students and JAG recruiters have maintained a strong relationship despite the impediment of having to meet off campus over the years--on average, VLS has the same number of graduates and interns entering JAG as law schools that allow military recruiters on campus nationwide.

Read a recent VLS news release.
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