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DADT Repeal Panel with Representative Patrick Murphy


October 10, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm

Room 180

The panelists will share views and answer questions about the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

Representantive Patrick Murphy is a prominent veteran and former Congressman from Pennsylvania. He served in Bosnia and Iraq and tried criminal cases for the Army and was an assistant professor in the Department of Law at West Point before being elected to Congress in 2007.  While in Congress, he led the charge to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the discriminatory policy that prevented gay men and women from serving openly in the military. Representative Murphy is now a partner at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia and teaches at his alma mater, Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA.


Commander Zoe Dunning, SC, USNR (Ret.) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. At the end of her obligated active duty service, she transferred into the United States Navy Reserve and attended Stanford Graduate School of Business in Palo Alto, California. Commander Dunning retired from the Navy Reserve after 22 years of service as a commissioned officer in a ceremony on board the USS Hornet (CV12) in Alameda, California. After publically announcing she was a lesbian during a rally at Stanford in support of a naval petty officer she faced discharged proceedings and won her appeal to be retained in naval service after a two year battle in 1995. On December 22, 2010, Commander Dunning stood beside President Barack Obama as he signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010



Neal Simpson separated in 2012 from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Captain, serving as a rifle company commander in the 1st Marine Division. He was commissioned in 2003 upon graduation from Texas A&M University, joining the infantry because of a desire to lead Marines in dangerous and stressful situations. Recently ‘out’, he is coming to terms with his sexuality and his new role both in the military and in the world. A father of twins, his most important goal is to set a good example for his children by living a true and genuine life while trying to make the world a better place.