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Women And Military: Focus Of Conference In San Diego

Aired 2/19/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Retired Marine Col. Jane Siegel, Former Chief Defense Counsel

Amy Day, Assistant Professor of Lawyering, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Transcript

Women in the military have had to deal with a wide range of different personas in the last year.

They are routinely and rightly called heroes for their service to their country.

They've also been in the headlines as victims of military sexual abuse, much of which goes unprosecuted and unpunished.

And finally, women military personnel are portrayed as an unknown quantity — as the various branches of the armed services work to determine if they're qualified for elite combat positions.

All those aspects of military service will be explored at a conference this week at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

Vice Adm. Nanette DeRenzi will deliver the keynote address. She serves as judge advocate general of the U.S. Navy and is the first woman to hold this position.

The 2014 Women and the Law conference will be held on Friday, Feb. 21.

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