Lawsuits protected troops pending DADT repeal

As Congress debated, litigator kept up the pressure through the courts against the ban on gays.

, The National Law Journal


For M. Andrew Woodmansee, the court battle to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell hit close to home. Gay himself, he brought pro bono cases on behalf of four men who'd been discharged under the military's ban on openly gay troops. Although he never served himself, Woodmansee, head of the litigation group at Morrison & Foerster's San Diego office, knows the military: His grandfather was killed in World War II; his father served in the Korean War; he has two brothers who served.

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