MOVED TO THE FRONT WITH NEW INFORMATION: There is some uncertainty over whether Doug Manchester, whose $125,000 contribution to the California anti-gay marriage initiative generated calls to boycott the AALS annual meeting at his Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel, also owns the replacement San Diego Marriott:
Former San Diego Dan Rodriguez Dean points out in the comments to my original post:
Doug Manchester owns BOTH the Hyatt and the Marriott.
Either the AALS did not know this (incredible) or they are not saying (outrageous).
In any event, not an auspicious episode in the annals of the AALS executive committee.
Dan Filler agrees in Run The Laugh Track! Papa Doug Owns The Marriott Too. But Mark E. Wojcik of our sister Legal Writing Prof Blog did some digging in Does Doug Manchester Still Own the San Diego Marriott? and concludes:
Some people have noticed that Doug Manchester was the developer of that property, and that his CV lists the San Diego Marriott as one of the properties on which he is a "developer or owner."
He did develop it. But does he own it?
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in its business section on April 25, 2008 that Doug Manchester sold all of his remaining interest in the hotel, in a stock deal valued at about $93 million. He sold it to Host Hotels & Resorts, which is now the 100% owner of the property. ...
So it seems that Doug Manchester sold his interest in the hotel, but that he is still a shareholder in a company that owns units that can be converted into shares amounting to a 2% stake in Host Hotels. For me, having part of a possible 2% ownership of company that owns the hotel as one of its properties is a somewhat remote connection to the cash donation. It is certainly nothing when compared directly to the other property, which has his name on it (the Manchester Grand Hyatt).
I previously blogged (here, here, and here) the threatened boycott of next January's AALS annual meeting in San Diego because the owner of one of the two host hotels (The Manchester Grand Hyatt) had made a $125,000 contribution in support of a ballot initiative to ban gay marriage in California. The AALS announced on Friday that it will hold all AALS events (the AALS Registration, Exhibit Hall, Section Programs, Presidential Programs, and House of Representatives meetings) at the other host hotel (the San Diego Marriott).
- Jonathan Adler (Case Western), AALS Responds to Boycott
- Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), Did the AALS Cave?
- Bridget Crawford (Pace), The AALS Speaks
- Dan Filler (Drexel), Expressivist Check-In: Social Stigma And Hotel Choice At The AALS
- Joe Hodnicki, AALS: "It will be possible for someone to attend any part of the [annual] meeting without setting foot in the Hyatt"
- Dave Hoffman (Temple), AALS Reject Boycott, Sort Of
- Paul Horwitz (Alabama), The AALS Speaks -- Sort Of (UPDATED)
- Leigh Jones (National Law Journal), Protests Get Law School Conference Moved From San Diego Hotel
- Larry Ribstein (Illinois):
- Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.),
- Gordon Smith (BYU), The AALS Boycott
- Tom Smith (San Diego), AALS Takes Its Stand