McGeorge School of Law

Students File Amicus Letter Brief

December 2, 2008

The McGeorge chapter of Lambda Law Students Association spearheaded an effort to file an Amicus Curiae letter brief in the California Supreme Court in support of the exercise of original jurisdiction in the cases challenging Proposition 8, the California voter initiative that curtailed the right of same-sex couples to marry.

The letter brief was authored by Patrick Holstine ’07, with the assistance of Professors Jenny Darlington-Person, Mary-Beth Moylan and Larry Levine, as well as several Lambda students including Steve Hansen 2E, Kathryn Patterson 3D, and Rebekah Grodsky 2D.

Putting their experiences as students and workshop leaders in writing and advocacy programs at McGeorge to good use, the group researched issues and drafted the amicus curiae letter. Impressively, they also mobilized minority student associations from other schools to sign on to the project.

When the letter brief was filed on November 17, 2008, it was presented on behalf of thirty law student organizations from eight schools; namely, McGeorge, Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, USC, Santa Clara University, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and Hastings College of Law.

The brief is available on the California Supreme Court website and listed as Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians et al. California Supreme Court (accessed November 18, 2008).