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Stanford activists in fight against laws forcing campuses to accept recruiters

In response to the DOD letters, the AALS also sent letters to its members giving them permission to modify their nondiscrimination policies to try to comply with the law.

As the Campbell-Frank legislation makes its way through the process, Bay Area colleges are dealing with the Solomon Amendments in their own ways.

Stanford's law school requires at least five students to show interest before any employer -- including the military -- can recruit on campus. So far, no military recruiters have made it past that test, says outgoing law school dean Paul Brest.

UC Berkeley is now operating under a revised nondiscrimination policy that permits military recruiters. The school's old policy had banned employers who discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation. The new policy bars only those employers who "unlawfully" discriminate.

Since the courts have upheld the military's "don't ask don't tell" policy, its discrimination against homosexuals is lawful, says Lujana Treadwell, assistant dean at Berkeley's law school, Boalt Hall.

At the same time, Treadwell says that the faculty has passed an internal nondiscrimination policy reaffirming its commitment to equal treatment for all students in employment regardless of sexual orientation.

According to Campbell's spokesperson, Suhail Khan, the congressman is optimistic about the passage of the bill, and expects it to go through before summer recess.

"Both Republicans and Democrats are responding very positively," Khan says. "It's just a fairness issue. Everybody has universities in their district. Everybody has college-bound kids in their district.

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