Captain Wise retired from the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps with the rank of Captain (the first African-American woman to do so) in 2008 after a distinguished 23-year career as a uniformed attorney. She served as a military defense counsel and was among the first female attorneys to serve aboard the USS Holland (AS-32). In Washington, D.C., she served as legislative counsel to the Office of the Secretary of the Navy and, as Executive Assistant and Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Navy, where she was assigned on September 11, 2001. She served overseas as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia headquartered in Naples, Italy. At the time of her retirement from the Navy, she was the Commanding Officer of the Naval Justice School, the first woman to hold that position. She also held the position of Associate Dean for Academic Affair at George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Military Appeals, and the New York Supreme Court. Captain Wise teaches Domestic Relations and International Law.