The MLTF is led by a volunteer Steering Committee made up of members and managed by a part-time executive director.
(San Jose, CA) Jeff is an attorney in private practice with Carpenter and Mayfield in San Jose, California. Jeff has been a member of the NLG since 1985 and a member of the MLTF for almost as long. He is currently chair of the MLTF and an editor of On Watch. Jeff is also active with the San Jose Peace and Justice Center.
(San Jose, CA) Dan is a criminal defense lawyer in San Jose CA . Before going into private practice he was an attorney with the Center for Veterans Rights in Los Angeles and the American G.I Forum in San Jose.
(Chicago, IL) Libby Frank is a counter recruitment activist in Chicago working with Veterans for Peace and other peace groups to demilitarize the public schools. She is trained as an Accredited Claims Agent and worked for several years helping veterans seek discharge upgrades. She is also on the steering committee of the National Network Opposing Militarization of Youth.
(New York, NY) Aaron joined the Military Law Task Force over 35 years ago, while at New York Law School, where he participated in organizing a seminar to support resistance to the Jimmy Carter draft registration initiative, a bellicose response to the Russian invasion of Afghanistan. He has relied on the support of the network of MLTF advocates and attorneys in his case work, never being fully immersed personally in any aspect of military law. He helped organize a training on military counseling in New York which became the foundation for a New York City chapter NLG Military Law Committee.
James M. Branum (Emeritus)
(Birmingham, AL) is the immediate past president of the NLG. He is a founding member of the MLTF after having worked at the NLG Military Law Office in Yokosuka and Okinawa for a year. David also is a member of the editorial board of the NLG Review, the Guild’s theoretical journal, and was editor-in-chief for several years. For several years he was chair of the Birmingham Peace Project, and now serves on the steering committee of the Southern Human Rights Organizers Network and is a spokesperson for the Birmingham Human Rights Task Force. His private practice law firm in Birmingham concentrates on police misconduct, prisoner rights and disability benefits.
(Birmingham, AL) began her practice with the National Lawyers Guild’s Military Law Office in Yokosuka and Okinawa, Japan in 1973. A member of its steering committee, she helped to found the Guild’s Military Law Task Force. She returned to school and received a Masters Degree in International Law (human rights). Her international work has included serving as a United Nations volunteer in Bosnia and Croatia in 1994 during the Balkan wars and as a Human Rights Officer with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) immediately after end of the Bosnian war. She has since worked with OSCE in Croatia and Tajikistan and with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Tajikistan. In addition, she has extensive experience with elections, serving in various capacities for elections throughout the Balkans and Eastern Europe.
(Silver Spring, MD) Jim Klimaski was a co-founder of the MLTF and is the principal in the law firm Klimaski and Associates, P.C. located in Washington, DC. He practices in the fields of Military Law, Employment Law, Security Clearances and Freedom of Information and Privacy Law.
(Albany, CA) Born to an Italian-American family in Brooklyn in 1947, Matt Rinaldi was an activist in the civil rights movement in Mississippi, an organizer in the anti-war GI coffeehouse projects during the Vietnam War, and a truck driver in Teamsters for a Democratic Union before going to law school. With the MLTF, he currently represents 17 year old recruits who want to get released from the military. (Yes, there are child soldiers in the USA.) Matthew has been a member of the NLG since 1980 and was on the Executive Board of the SF Bay Area chapter for a decade.
(Guerneville, CA) As an Army Veteran, Stephen continues to remain engaged in issues affecting the Veteran community, most recently as a staff attorney at Swords to Plowshares in San Francisco and a volunteer attorney for a free Veteran’s Legal Clinic at the Santa Rosa Veterans Clinic. He serves on the Bay Area National Lawyers’ Guild Board.
A former San Francisco Public Defender, who represented youth for over eight and half years, he continues to be concerned about how exposure to traumas continue to affect youth. He started his own firm to continue to serve the family law needs of low income citizens. He serves on the CA State Bar’s Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services which continues to examine the best ways to meet the needs of those with modest means. Stephen is also an ABA officer and serves in a number of leadership positions.