A nonprofit think tank dedicated to strengthening the legal protections of those who serve our nation in uniform.
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Stirling is also a law professor and retired JAG officer.
The CLMP and its staff frequently comment on major news stories, including the DoD's new rules regarding medical malpractice claims.
On May 25, 2021, Dr. Stirling was featured on United Shades of America with Kamau Bell.
During the show, Dr. Stirling outlined the central problem with the Feres Doctrine: "The only group of Americans locked out of court are those folks who protect our rights."
The May 25 episode was entitled "Thank You for Your Service" and aired over Memorial Day weekend.
Holding a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, Dr. Stirling is the country's first and only scholar to write, and defend, a dissertation on the devastating impact of the Feres Doctrine on America's military. Read Dr. Stirling's doctoral dissertation: "The Feres Doctrine: A Comprehensive Legal Analysis." To see all of Dr. Stirling's articles on the Feres doctrine, click here.
Dr. Stirling provided an emotional statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 23, 2021. "Indeed, a nation which freely accepts an legal permanent resident's sacrifices and then forcibly expels them in the wake of PTSD-related errors can fairly be characterized as one which has lost its way," he said.
The Center for Law & Military Policy is a think tank with a team including the top military, legal and scholarly minds in the nation. It is so important in today's times to fight for the rights of our brave service members.
Our focus is Feres but our mission is to restore, protect and defend the legal rights of our brave active-duty service members. We fight for them because they are ready to fight for our rights and freedoms.
The Center for Law and Military Policy is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to strengthening the legal protections of those who serve our nation in uniform.
Led by Dr. Dwight Stirling, a law professor and reserve JAG officer, the CLMP seeks to change policies that harm everyday service members. As the co-founder and former CEO of Veterans Legal Institute, Dr. Stirling has seen first-hand just how vulnerable military personnel are, particularly the rank and file who enlist directly out of high school. Yet while these brave men and women risk their lives keeping America free, their own rights are often ignored or even discarded altogether. This is not right. Serving in uniform should not make a person a second-class citizen.
Read the CLMP's policy initiative to create a cause of action for survivors of military sexual trauma in California.
Read Dr. Stirling's groundbreaking speech on the Feres Doctrine, explaining why the rule prohibiting civil suits by service members is unconscionable in the military sexual assault context.
The Center for Law and Military Policy conducts research and produces educational material in order to strengthen the legal protections of service members and veterans. Our work helps to close the civil-military gap, the civilian population’s limited understanding of military life and culture. Less than 1% of the country are in the military in any form. The growing divide between the two communities, civilian and military, is harmful and inconsistent with America's founding values. Through rigorous scholarship and timely educational programs, the CLMP seeks to bridge the gap between service member and civilian, deepening understanding, appreciation, and consideration on both sides.
Empowering Victims of Military Sexual Assault (MST) - One of the CLMP's primary initiatives is to increase the legal rights of MST survivors. As widely reported, rape and other forms of assault against male and female service members occur at an alarming rate within the military. Statistics show, for instance, that nearly half of all women are assaulted in one form or fashion during their time in uniform. Yet MST victims are unable to sue their assailants in a court of law. Prevailing judicial policy prohibits any civil suit pertaining to harm that occurs "incident to service," a policy known as the Feres Doctrine. The result is that the only category of Americans who have no standing to sue when sexually assaulted are those who serve in the military. Such a policy is unconscionable and represents a stain on our national conscience. The rules should be modified to allow MST survivors to hold their assailants accountable in a court of law.
The Journal for Law, Policy, Military Affairs - The JLPMA is an online-only law journal that addresses the legal and policy issues facing service members and veterans. The only independent academic platform for military-related scholarship, the JLPMA's objective, unbiased articles are grounded in reflection, thoughtfulness, and reform. To view, click here.
Sound Off - Sound Off is an online platform for the discussion of issues facing military service members and veterans. To view, click here.
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