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Wed June 29 2011

James Lobsenz Rewrites the Rules

In July 2004, Major Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse, came to the office of James Lobsenz seeking legal representation after being notified that the Air Force had begun an investigation into an allegation that she had engaged in homosexual conduct. Major Witt's visit began a six year legal saga that ultimately led to a landmark victory, in September 2010, in Witt v. Department of the Air Force, and three months later, in December 2010, the signing of legislation by President Obama repealing the U.S. military's highly controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Mr. Lobsenz represented Major Witt as an ACLU-WA cooperating attorney in her case. In their June 2011 issue, Super Lawyers magazine profiles Mr. Lobsenz and his role in helping to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," in the article James Lobsenz Rewrites the Rules.


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