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Friday, January 17, 2014

Courts - "Schaerr Leaves Winston to Represent Utah in Marriage Case" - the reason?

Tony Mauro has this interesting post today at The Blog of Legal Times on "Veteran Supreme Court and appellate advocate Gene Schaerr ... leaving Winston & Strawn to represent the state of Utah in defense of its constitutional ban on same-sex marriage." These paragraphs stand out:

The [firm's] statement does not address reports by some online commentators [Buzzfeed] suggesting that Schaerr left Winston because representing challengers to same-sex marriage would be too controversial for the firm. The Winston web site boasts of its work with LGBT organizations and issues and has an LGBT affinity group within its work force. It also was one of the first law firms to extend certain benefits to same-sex partners of employees.

The news of Schaerr's move calls to mind Paul Clement’s highly public 2011 departure from King & Spalding when he signed on as counsel for congressional supporters of the Defense of Marriage Act. Pressure from within King & Spalding -- as well as from some of its clients -- were said to be factors in Clement’s exit.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 17, 2014 11:26 AM
Posted to Courts in general