Fourteen senior retired military leaders have filed a brief urging the First Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a lower court ruling regarding the federal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members. The leaders' brief was filed November 22 in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld, a constitutional challenge to the law. Those signing the brief include Colonel Graham Beard, USA (Ret.); The Honorable Carolyn Becraft, former Assistant Secretary of the Navy; Colonel Margarethe Cammermeyer, USA (Ret.); Captain Joan E. Darrah, USN (Ret.) [pictured]; Captain Robert D. Dockendorff, USNR (Ret.); Colonel Paul W. Dodd, USA (Ret.); Brigadier General , CSMR (Ret.); Former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence J. Korb, Ph.D; Colonel E.A. Leonard, USA (Ret.); Captain Robert M. Rankin, USN (Ret.); and Rear Admiral Alan M. Steinman, USPHS/USCG (Ret.).
The American Sociological Association along with a group of distinguished social scientists filed a brief in support of the plaintiffs in Cook v. Rumsfeld. Those signing the brief include Dr. Aaron Belkin, Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara and Director of the Michael D. Palm Center (formerly the Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military); Dr. Melissa Embser-Herbert, J.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Hamline University; Dr. Elizabeth Kier, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington; Dr. Robert MacCoun, Professor of Public Policy, Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley; and Dr. David Segal, Professor of Sociology and Affiliate Professor of Government, Politics and Public Affairs at the University of Maryland.
A group of renowned constitutional scholars also filed a brief in the Cook case. Those signing that brief include Akhil Reed Amar, Southmayd Professor of Law at Yale Law School; C. Edwin Baker, Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Erwin Chemerinsky, Alston Bird Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at Duke Law School; Owen M. Fiss, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School; Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford University; Andrew Koppelman, Professor of Law at Northwestern Law School and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School; Kathleen M. Sullivan, Stanley Morrison Professor of Law and Former Dean at Stanford Law School; Laurence H. Tribe, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School; and Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law at the University of California, Davis Law School and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
More information on Cook v. Rumsfeld, copies of these briefs, and other information related to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is available online at www.sldn.org.