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VT Law School Experts Available to Comment on Don't Ask, Don't Tell

September 22, 2010

SOUTH ROYALTON, VT -- Vermont Law School professors Jackie Gardina and Greg Johnson are available to provide analysis of ongoing efforts to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" law.

VLS is one of two law schools in the nation that bar military recruiters from campus because of the "don't ask, don't tell" law," and VLS is the only law school that loses federal research money because of its stance. Gardina's and Johnson's areas of expertise include gay and lesbian legal issues. Their perspective reflects VLS's policy, which will remain in effect until openly gay men and women are allowed to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

"Vermont Law School isn't non-military. We're non-discriminatory," said Gardina, a board member of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

"As Congress and the military reconsider the wisdom of 'don't ask, don't tell,' VLS's longstanding opposition to that policy deserves renewed attention," Johnson said.

Gardina can be reached at jgardina@vermontlaw.edu or contact Media Relations Director John Cramer to reach her by phone. Johnson can be reached at gjohnson@vermontlaw.edu or  802-831-1284 .

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday against taking up a major military spending bill that would allow the "don't ask, don't tell" law to be repealed. President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, support repealing the law. The U.S. House has approved legislation that would allow the Pentagon to rescind the law, while the legal fight advances in federal courts along with other important gay rights legal cases.

CONTACT: John Cramer, Associate Director of Media Relations
802-831-1106 , jcramer@vermontlaw.edu

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