Orange County Register - December 12, 2018

On Tuesday, December 12, 2018, the Orange County Register ran an article about the CLMP's Inaugural Fundraiser - Sponsored by Rutan & Tucker, LLP.  The article, written by Susan Christian Goulding, is entitled "TV Star, Activist Alyssa Milano to Headline Fundraiser for New Center for Law and Military Policy."  


Here is an excerpt:


"Headquartered in Huntington Beach, the Center for Law and Military Policy focuses on the often difficult transition from military to civilian life, including unemployment and mental health issues. Los Alamitos resident Dwight Stirling, a veteran and USC law professor, founded the nonprofit earlier this year.


Stirling, who served for 20 years as a U.S. Army JAG officer, co-founded the Veterans Legal Institute five years ago. The Center for Law and Military Policy also takes aim at sexual assault against military women. In a recent speech at Chapman Law School, Stirling said that sexual assault victims serving in the military cannot file a lawsuit for injuries they sustain.


Milano, active in the “Me, Too” movement, will discuss sexual assault in civilian as well as military life."


For tickets or media inquires, contact Dallis Warshaw at dallis@centerforlaw.org.  

Press RELEASE - DECEMBER 10, 2018

Alyssa Milano to Headline Fundraiser for Veterans Rights at Joint Forces Training Base

Los Alamitos, CA — The Center for Law and Military Policy (CLMP) is hosting a fundraising dinner on Saturday, December 15th at 5 pm at the Joint Forces Training Base located at 11206 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos, California. In attendance will be special guest Alyssa Milano, a prominent leader of the #MeToo movement.


The CLMP is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to strengthening the legal protections of those who serve our nation in uniform. Led by Dwight Stirling, a USC law professor and reserve JAG officer, the CLMP seeks to change policies that harm every day service members. The CLMP’s mission is to understand and fix the systemic problems within the military establishment that lead all too frequently to homelessness, mental health challenges, and suicide.


One of the CLMP’s primary initiatives is to empower survivors of military sexual assault, giving them greater protections within the legal system. Currently, a judicial policy called the Feres Doctrine, stemming from the Supreme Court case of Feres v. United States, prohibits service members from accessing the civilian court system when their injuries are “incident to service.”  Remarkably, the judiciary has held that sexual assault is incident to a service member’s employment, a risk factor that goes along with their job. As a result, the judiciary has said that military sexual assault survivors do not have standing to sue for the physical and emotional injuries that stem from rape and other acts of sexual violence.


The CLMP believes that military sexual assault survivors should be afforded their day in court. It is both irrational and immoral to characterize sexual assault as incident to military service. Such a policy is out of alignment with elemental American values and the CLMP is working to change it.


For more information, visit www.centerforlaw.org or contact CLMP Vice President Dallis Warshaw at dallis@centerforlaw.org.

CEO Dwight Stirling Quoted by NBC News - October 12, 2018

Egregious Medical Malpractice Situation

On October 12, 2018, Dwight Stirling was quoted by NBC News. Stirling, the CLMP's CEO and Founder, is a national scholar on the Feres Doctrine. The article pertained to the tragic case of Navy LT Rebekah Daniels, who died during childbirth due to the indisputable malpractice of Navy medical staff.  Her husband's lawsuit against the Navy was dismissed pursuant to the Feres Doctrine, which prohibits all suits filed by service members.


Stirling, a law professor and reserve JAG officer, was asked about how jurists and politicians see the Feres Doctrine.  “The Feres doctrine does not divide the court members on your standard ideological grounds,” Stirling said. “It tends to scramble the typical calculus.”


Read the article on the NBC website.

Press Release - September 6, 2018

New Think Tank to Strengthen Legal Protections for Service Members and Veterans

Huntington Beach, California – In a positive move for current and former service members, a new California-based think tank has been launched, the Center for Law and Military Policy (CLMP). Led by Dwight Stirling, a USC law professor and reserve JAG officer, the CLMP aims to improve life for the nation’s protectors by fixing the deep-seated problems that lead all too often to homelessness, unemployment, and suicide. 


“It’s not enough to help service members and veterans with their individual legal problems,” Stirling said, who co-founded and led the Veterans Legal Institute for many years. “What is needed now is structural change, improvements to the systemic problems that continue to plague those serving our nation in uniform.”


Fixing the “systemic problems” is at the heart of the CLMP’s mission. 


“It’s remarkable how few protections are in place for rank and file service members,” observed Dallis Warshaw, the CLMP’s Vice President for Policy. “While these men and women risk their lives to keep America free, their own rights are often ignored or disregarded altogether.”


The CLMP conducts conferences and other educational events, including a symposium on military sexual trauma to be held on October 12 at Chapman Law School. The CLMP also publishes the Journal of Law, Policy & Military Affairs, a scholarly journal, and produces a podcast about the civil-military gap called “A World Apart.” 


“Serving in uniform should not make a person a second-class citizen,” said Colonel (R) Carl David, a CLMP board member and Director of Columbia College of Missouri’s Los Alamitos campus. “Ensuring service members are protected is a moral duty of all Americans and I’m honored to be a part of this remarkable new organization.” 


Along with Stirling, Warshaw, and David, the CLMP’s Board of Directors includes Colonel (R) Bob McFetridge, SSgt (R) Jen Burch, Charlotte Clymer, Lieutenant Colonel (R) John Wallace, Grant Frazier, Colonel Mike Cardoza, Laura Riley, Admiral (R) Steve Briggs, and Captain (R) Allison Jaslow.