Leadership

The MLTF is led by a volunteer Steering Committee made up of members and managed by a part-time executive director.

Steering Committee

CHAIR

Jeff Lake

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.

  • Location: San Jose, CA

SECRETARY

Dan Mayfield

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.

  • Location: San Jose, CA

TREASURER

Libby Frank

Libby 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.

  • Location: Chicago, IL

NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVE

Aaron Frishberg

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.

  • Location: New York, NY

James M. Branum

James is a solo-practice attorney who practices primarily in defending military servicemembers in courts-martial, administrative boards and related matters.  He is a past MLTF co-chair and currently volunteers in writing content for On Watch and in teaching CLE seminars.  

In his legal activism work, James has worked with many different organizations including Courage to Resist, GI RIghts Network, Civilian Medical Resource Network. Center on Conscience and War and About Face (formerly known as Iraq Veterans Against the War).
James also serves as an Interfaith Minister with the Oklahoma Objector Community, a religious humanist congregation. 

James Klimaski

Jim 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.

  • Location: Silver Spring, MD


Matthew Rinaldi

Born to an Italian-American family in Brooklyn in 1947, Matt 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.

  • Location: Albany, CA

STAFF

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

photo of Kathleen Gilberd

Kathleen Gilberd

Kathleen (“Kathy”) is a legal worker focusing in the areas of military administrative law and discharge review. She serves on the board of directors of the national GI Rights Network. She is the author (with Majorie Cohn) of Rules of Disengagement: the Politics and Honor of Military Dissent, and was also a contributing author in Clark Boardman Callahan’s Sexual Orientation and the Law.