Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Law Profs Threaten Boycott of AALS Annual Meeting in San Diego Due to Hotel Owner's Views on Same-Sex Marriage
In today's National Law Journal: Boycott Threatened Over Meeting Site of Association of American Law Schools, by Leigh Jones:
Organizations representing thousands of legal educators say they will boycott the Association of American Law Schools annual meeting in January if it is held at a San Diego hotel owned by a foe of same-sex marriage.
The four groups made up of law professors and legal writing professionals have sent letters to the AALS, calling for it to move the site chosen for the conference in January.
The groups object to holding the annual meeting at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt, a hotel whose owner, Douglas Manchester, has donated $125,000 to an initiative to outlaw same-sex marriage in California. The groups say that to attend the five-day event hosted primarily at the Manchester Grand Hyatt would conflict with their policies of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation.
The groups are the Society of American Law Teachers; the Legal Writing Institute; the AALS Section on Legal Writing Research and Reasoning; and the AALS Section on Teaching Methods. The groups represent as many as 2,500 members.
See Letter to AALS from Legal Writing Institute. For press and blogosphere commentary, see:
- ABA Journal (Debra Cassens Weiss)
- Business Associations Blog (Stephen Bainbridge)
- Feminist Law Professors (Erin Buzuvis)
- Feminist Law Professors (Bridget Crawford)
- IdeoBlog (Larry Ribstein)
- InstaPundit (Glenn Reynolds)
- Legal Ethics Forum (Andrew Perlman)
- Legal Writing Prof Blog (Mark Wojcik)
- Mirror of Justice (Thomas Berg)
- Mirror of Justice (Susan Stabile)
- Mirrir of Justice (Greg Sisk)
- Mirror of Justice (Robert Araujo)
- PrawfsBlawg (Rick Garnett)
- The Right Coast (Tom Smith)
- The Shark (Cynthia Foster)
- The Volokh Conspiracy (David Bernstein)
- The Volokh Conspiracy (Orin Kerr)
- The Volokh Conspiracy (Ilya Somin)