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US Sup. Ct. to hear case involving Washington University



Washington, DC – The faculty of Washington University's Law School were among those who sued in a case dealing with whether campuses can close their doors to military recruiters without jeopardizing federal education funds.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the case. Justices will review a lower court ruling in favor of law schools that restricted recruiters because of Pentagon limits on gays in the military. In all, there are 31 schools taking part in the case.

The ruling by a federal court in Philadelphia invalidated a 1994 federal law that required law schools to give the military full access or lose money. The appeals court said that law infringed on free speech rights.

The coalition of schools says the law forces them to violate their anti-discrimination policies for recruiters. The Bush administration says no free speech rights are violated because the schools are free to protest and lose their federal dollars.

The court is due to hear the case in its next term, which starts in October.

The 18 law schools and faculties that have publicly acknowledged participation in a lawsuit include:

-George Washington University Law School
-Faculty of Capital University Law School
-Golden Gate University School of Law
-Faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law
-New York Law School
-Faculty of Fordham University School of Law
-New York University School of Law
-Faculty of Georgetown University Law Center
-Northeastern University School of Law
-Faculty of Hofstra University School of Law
-Vermont Law School
-Faculty of University of Minnesota Law School
-Faculty of Pace University School of Law
-Faculty of Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
-Faculty of University of San Francisco School of Law
-Faculty of Stanford Law School
-Faculty of Washington University School of Law
-Faculty of Whittier College of Law

Another 13 schools have kept their participation private.

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