Georgetown Law hosts conference of experts on DADT

by on November 22, 2010  •  In Congress, Military

With signs increasing that the Senate actually will take up DADT repeal as part Posterof the defense authorization bill in the week after Thanksgiving, but no guarantee that the effort will succeed, some of the top experts on seeking reform in the administrative, judicial and congressional arenas gathered at Georgetown Law to analyze the possibilities. It's an impressive program available via webcast

In the first panel, Professors Diane Mazur and Jackie Gardina, together with Aaron Tax from SLDN, lay out possible avenues for executive action if repeal fails. Attorneys in the Log Cabin Republicans case (Dan Woods) and Witt case (Aaron Caplan), together with counsel for Victor Fehrenbach (Seth Galanter), discuss litigation strategies in the second panel. The third panel focuses on Congress, with reps from SLDN, HRC, and Servicemembers United, among others. Yours truly does the wrap-up at the end.

Mucho congratulations to the Georgetown students for organizing such an outstanding event.

On a related note – for a lovely tribute to one of the early pioneers on this issue, see Karen Ocamb's interview with former Sgt. Miriam ben-Shalom, who in 1987 won one of the few judgments ever entered in favor of a gay soldier. Last week, ben-Shalom returned to the White House fence where she had also protested in 1993, and once again did her duty.



2 Responses to Georgetown Law hosts conference of experts on DADT

  1. Darren Hutchinson November 23, 2010 at 3:40 AM

    Ben-Shalom is such a pioneer! Sounds like a great conference.

  2. Jay November 23, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Yes, thanks to Miriam Ben-Shalom for refusing to back down at a time when it would have been so much easier for her to do so.

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