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San Diego Attorney to Speak Monday at USD School of Law Lavendar Lecture About "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

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.


USD’s Knudson School of Law prepares students for leadership in the administration of justice in South Dakota, including in rural areas where the demand is great, and for private practice, public service, business and other law-related endeavors anywhere. Its joint degree program allows students to also earn one of nine master’s degrees within the traditional three-year law curriculum, which includes course tracks in business, commercial, constitutional, criminal, employment, environmental, Indian, real estate and tax law as well as civil litigation and estate planning.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

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Hanna DeLange
USD News