Young America’s Foundation Solomon Suit Dropped
A District Court Judge in Washington D.C recently dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Young America’s Foundation last month seeking to compel the Department of Defense to revoke federal aid to the University of California at Santa Cruz for alleged violation of the Solomon Amendment. The Solomon Amendment requires higher education institutions to provide military recruiters “equal access” to recruitment on campus or risk losing federal financial assistance. YAF, a conservative student organization, with the legal assistance of the Mountain States Legal Foundation, claimed that student and faculty actions and demonstrations on campus generated so much hostility against military recruiters that they curtailed their recruitment efforts on campus. Judge Davis dismissed the lawsuit on the grounds that the DOD has sole discretion on whether or not to enforce the Amendment and that YAF lacked standing, as it named no UCSC students affected by the lack of recruitment opportunities.