February 2-3: Kansas GI Rights Workshop

February 2-3: Kansas GI Rights Workshop

MAPJ (Manhattan, KS Alliance for Peace and Justice) along with other community organizations, is sponsoring a workshop on February 2 & 3 to train attorneys, social workers, clergy, non-profit personnel, social service providers, teachers, and concerned citizens in providing confidential, accurate information on US military regulations and practices to service personnel, veterans, potential recruits, and their families.

The workshop will take place at the Manhattan Unitarian Universal Fellowship, 481 Zeandale Road (K-18 Highway East of Manhattan).

The workshop will include the following themes:

* Introduction to Military Law
* Structure of Military
* Administrative Discharges
* Army AWOL Defense

Content will focus on education and appropriate responses concerning issues of discharges, DEP (Delayed Entry Program), hazing, AWOL/UA, harassment, discrimination, sexual orientation, and conscientious objection. The ethics of helping military personnel with these issues is imbedded throughout the content of the program.

Continuing Education Units Availability

Three hours of ethics information consistent with requirements for social worker CEUs. Lawyers can earn eight Continuing Law Education credits.

Workshop Schedule

* Saturday, Feb 2 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
* Sunday, Feb 3 – 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
* From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM trainers will work with those participants interested in establishing a local hot line.

Registration Costs

* Lawyers/Social Workers: $40
* Clergy, Non-Profits/NGOs, and Interested Individuals: $25
* Registration includes lunch on Saturday and extensive resource materials.


* James Branum, private practice attorney in military law, Oklahoma City. He has also worked with the Oklahoma Committee for Conscientious Objectors and is on the board of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild.

* Luke Hiken, attorney with a history of work as a draft counselor with the SDS, helped establish the Military Law Project in Monterey, CA, and has represented many GIs in courts-martial, administrative discharge hearings and federal court proceedings for over 30 years. Member of the Steering Committee of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild.

* Marti Hiken, civilian military counselor and legal worker. Currently co-chair of the Military Law Task Force of the National Lawyers Guild. Also was director of the NLG Prison Law Project and chaired the NLF Native Committee for some years.

* Barbara Gehring, co-pastor of the Manhattan Mennonite Church and active in MAPJ. Experienced as a clinical social worker working with victims of traumas. Will be speaking on post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues frequently faced by soldiers returning from combat. Will also discuss techniques for talking/working with panicky or stressed GIs . . .