This summer, Dean Michael Schill sent an email reminding students of UCLA’s commitment to a non-discrimination policy, despite the Supreme Court’s decision in Rumsfeld v. FAIR that the Solomon Amendment can legitimately require schools to allow military recruiters on campus as a condition of receiving federal funding. Schill noted that:
UCLA School of Law is committed to a policy against discrimination in employment based on color, race, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability and veteran status.
Got that? Meanwhile The Docket, our schoolwide events blog, is promoting something called the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which:
... provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.
When I saw the name ‘Soros’ I thought of that liberal billionaire who gives away a lot of money, but that’s George Soros. This is his older brother, and brother’s wife.
So what is a ‘New American’? Glad you asked:
A New American is an individual who (1) is a resident alien; i.e., holds a Green Card, or, (2) has been naturalized as a U.S. citizen, or (3) is the child of two parents who are both naturalized citizens.
In other words, a current or former foreigner, or a child of foreigners. Hey, I love foreigners as much as you do. But this fellowship excludes a category of applicants based on “national origin”. Which, if the government did it, would be invidious discrimination.
The Soros Foundation is not a state actor. It can give its money to whomever it wants, for whatever reason. And the UCLA non-discrimination policy notionally applies to discrimination “in employment”, not fellowships, though it’s hard to imagine the school would oppose discrimination in that context but endorse it elsewhere.
But if the Soros Foundation were offering fellowships that excluded women, or blacks, or gays from the applicant pool they would catch holy hell, and would surely not appear in The Docket. How is this any better?
21 Aug 06
Epilogue 8: Buy my book
Epilogue 7: Recessionaires cont'd
Epilogue 6: Schill quits UCLA
Epilogue 5: recessionaires
Okay, I lied. Epilogue 4
Epilogue 3: The End (really)
Epilogue 2: Nov 2007
The eagle has landed
Seduced by the dark side
You've been in law school too long when...
I have only five more class days
The lone gunman
The last spring break is over
Someone saved your life tonight
Dean Schill & the Pussymobile
Help me yet again