The Military Spouse JD Network (MSJDN) was formed in Summer 2011 by two military spouses frustrated with the challenges of maintaining a legal career that seemed incompatible with the military lifestyle. They formed MSJDN to advocate for licensing accommodations for military spouses, including bar membership without additional examination, as well as network with other military spouses with JDs. Since 2011, the membership of MSJDN has swelled to over 650 members and supporters. We have received letters of support from the National Military Family Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and the Conference of Chief Justices. In February 2012, with the support of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, the ABA House of Delegates adopted a resolution supporting changes in state licensing rules for military spouses with law degrees. MSJDN supports such a rule change in each jurisdiction; you can see our progress here.
Board Executive Officers
Mary Reding, President, Co-founder, Air Force spouse, member of the California Bar, and mother of two. Since marrying her pilot husband, she has lived in seven houses, three countries, and two states. She is in private practice
Rachel Winkler, Vice President, Army spouse focused on immigration policy for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Erin Mitchell Richeson, Secretary, Navy spouse working in the Office of Inclusion and Diversity with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.
Laura Dempsey, Army spouse, Director of Military Spouse Employment for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of Blue Star Families
Lori Volkman, Navy Reserve spouse, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and author
Samantha Musso, Army spouse and private practitioner in Virginia
Stephanie Crosse, Army spouse and Manager of Employer Relations at American University Washington College of Law
Membership Development Committee
Government Relations Committee