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Good and legal: Side of honor earns same

by Jeremy Hooper

Ever year, The National Law Journal recognizes lawyers and law firms who have done exemplary pro bono work. We're Picture 1-230pleased to announce that this year, the publication has chosen to honor Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin and one of the firm's attorneys, Bobbie J. Wilson, for their work in the fight to obtain (and now regain) marriage equality in California:

"In the weeks since Proposition 8 putatively overruled the court, five Howard Rice attorneys including Wilson have been helping to build a case that the initiative was not a simple amendment to the California Constitution but rather a revision, which must be approved by the Legislature before being submitted for a popular vote. Brown, the state attorney general, has raised a different objection — that the constitution doesn't allow a majority to deny to minority groups equal protection of the law."
If at first you don't succeed, keep going [NLJ]

So congrats, good and reasoned legal eagles! This is the best pro Bono news we've seen since that fluff piece we read in the 80's that sold us on the virtues of U2 and its lead singer.

Oh, but don't despair anti-gay legal beagles (ADF, Liberty Counsel, PJI, et al): We're sure the National Law-Based-On-Personal-Faith-Views-Rather-Than-The-Constitution Journal already has some sort of award to bestow upon your fight for discrimination.

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Perhaps ADF, Liberty Counsel, or PJI can get the attention of the "Natural Law" Journal.

Posted by: Timothy | Jan 5, 2009 2:41:21 PM

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