Monthly Archives: March 2013

MLTF’s Kathleen Gilberd to receive ‘Service Provider of the Year’ award from SWAN at 2013 Truth and Justice Summit

The Service Women’s Action Network has announced its Provider of the Year Award and one of the two recipients is our own Kathleen Gilberd!

photo of Kathleen GilberdKathy has been active with the Military Law Task Force for many years, and in 2012 was appointed Executive Director. She is an independent legal worker in San Diego, a volunteer with the San Diego Military Counseling Project, and a board member of the GI Rights Network. She also serves on the advisory committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network. She has conducted too many workshops on counseling on military sexual assault to list, and participated in numerous panels on the topic. She will travel to SWAN’s Truth and Justice Summit in April to receive the award.

Also receiving the award will be Public Counsel Law Center‘s Center for Veterans Advancement.

Revised regs on sexual assault, involuntary psych evaluations

DoD has reissued DoD Instruction 6495.02, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) Program Procedures, dated March 28, 2013, adding requirements of the National Defense Authorization Act.

In addition, DoD recently reissued its Instruction on involuntary psychiatric evaluation and hospitalization, DoD Instruction 6490.04, Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Military Services, dated March 4, 2013.

March 2013 issue of On Watch now online

The latest issue of MLTF’s quarterly newsletter, On Watch, released to subscribers a month ago, is now available to the pubic.

XXIV.1 March 2013


  • The Basics of Navigating the VA
  • Vets Sue Army Over Less Than Honorable Discharges
  •  MLTF news and notes
  • Women in Combat: The History and The Future
  • New Policies on Military Sexual Assault, Abuse in 2013 NDAA
  • IVAW Right to Heal Campaign Update
  • Bradley Manning Update: Judge Rules Treatment Illegal

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CLE: US Army AWOL – Tips for civilian defense attorneys

The Military Law Task of the National Lawyers Guild along with the Southwest and Texoma regions of the National Lawyers Guild are proud to present a continuing legal education seminar.

US Army AWOL – Practice tips for Civilian Attorneys

Presented by James M. Branum

[notification type=”info”]Update: The presentation can now be viewed here, free of charge, or on MLTF’s Ustream channel.. [/notification]

In memory of Michael Gaffney, MLTF co-founder

Michael Gaffney, one of the founders of the MLTF and a long-time member, passed away last month. Michael served on the Task Force steering committee for a number of years, was a frequent contributor to On Watch, and could always be counted on to help with pro bono cases. We will miss his insightful analysis of military policy, his deep commitment to the rights of servicemembers and veterans, and his considerable patience with and kindness to those of us who turned to him for guidance in cases and projects.

The obituary below appeared in the Washington Post on February 26.