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.
Boies 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.