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Dean Dan Polsby Debates Professor William Eskridge on Solomon Amendment

The American Constitution Society's Blog (ACSBlog) is hosting an online debate on the Solomon Amendment between George Mason Law School Dean Daniel Polsby and Yale Law Professor William Eskridge. William Eskridge is a board member of FAIR (Forum for Academic and Institutional Rights), and he will present arguments against the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment. Dean Polsby has helped file an Amicus Brief to support military recruitment, and he will argue in favor of the amendment.

On Tuesday, December 6, 2005, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in FAIR v. Rumsfeld. The question presented in this case is whether the court of appeals erred in holding that the Solomon Amendment (which withholds federal funds from institutions of higher education that deny military recruiters access to campuses and students) likely violates the 1st Amendment to the Constitution.