Prop. 8 lawyer to speak in SF tomorrow

In a case of perfect timing, David Boies – co-counsel for the plantiffs in the lawsuit to overturn Proposition 8’s same-sex marriage ban, on which a federal judge is set to rule this afternoon – will address the Commonwealth Club of California at 6 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 5, in the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $20 for non-members or $7 for students with valid ID, and are available online or at 415-597-6734.

David BoiesBoies is among the nation’s most prominent attorneys, having served as special counsel to the U.S. Department of Justice in the Microsoft antitrust litigation and having represented Vice President Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore case that settled the 2000 presidential election.

He’s now working with former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson to convince the federal courts to overturn California’s Proposition 8, enacted by the voters in November 2008, as unconstitutional. Time Magazine this year named them among the 100 most influential people in the world.

If you can’t make tomorrow’s event, or if you want to show up prepared, check out Salon.com’s interview with Boies from late June, wherein he talks about how they’re looking to take this case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. “We’re not taking any justice for granted, and we’re not giving up on any justice. A few years before Brown against Board of Education, I think you would not have found a lot of people to believe that that decision would have come down unanimously.”

Tomorrow’s discussion will be moderated by Pamela Karlan, the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.