Free legal advice for LGBT service members

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Four years after Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) was officially repealed, previously enlisted service members still face obstacles to reenlistment, as well as difficultly addressing the negative civil impacts associated with dishonorable discharges.

To assist in accommodating the transition back into civilian life or to facilitate the opportunity to reenlist as military personnel, the Albany Law School at 80 New Scotland Avenue is holding an LGBT Law Day on Saturday, October 17 from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Attorneys will be on hand to provide pro bono legal advice to attendees including Tully Rinckey PLLC Military Law Attorney Gavin Routt. Routt will be on campus to discuss dishonorable discharges based on the DADT policy from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m

This free program will address legal obstacles faced by veterans in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. This includes upgrading dishonorable discharges.

A dishonorable discharge can negatively impact a former service member’s ability to find future employment, receive government assistance and Veterans Affairs benefits.

LGBT Law Day isn’t limited to previously enlisted service members. Any civilian member of the LGBT community can receive pro bono advice on a number of topics.

For additional information about the LGBT Law Day, contact Patrick Barnett-Mulligan at (518) 445-2304 or via email at

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