VERMILLION, S.D. -- A San Diego attorney who practices military law will speak Monday at the University of South Dakota School of Law's 4th Annual Lavender Lecture about the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," subsequent events impacting LGBT service members and the anticipated demise of the prohibitions on transgender service.
Bridge Wilson is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and the University Of San Diego School Of Law. A veteran of the enlisted ranks of the U.S. Army Reserve, she served as a judge advocate with the California State Military Reserve for a decade. She has been a consulting counsel for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network since 1994. Wilson is the co-legal director of the Palm Center, a think tank on sexual minorities in the military. She has taught military justice as an adjunct faculty member at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Among her publications: “Trench Fighting: Representing Gay Men, Lesbians, and Bisexuals in the Military,” 2 Journal of Law and Social Challenges 135 (1998); “Model State Code of Military Justice For the National Guard Not in Federal Service,” Commentary, National Institute For Military Justice (2007); “Military and Veterans," a chapter in Sexual Orientation and the Law (1993- 2012); Fighting Back: Lesbian and Gay Draft, Military, and Veterans Issues (With Kathleen Gilberd and Joseph Schuman, 1985).
Wilson's lecture, cosponsored by the OUTlaws and VLEG law student groups, begins at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 19, in the USD School of Law’s courtroom. The Lavender Lecture began in 2013 with the newly formed OUTlaws law student organization. Its purpose is to bring speakers to USD Law’s campus to highlight and educate on legal issues important to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.