By Ana Choi
On April 28, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that could finally and conclusively bring marriage equality to all states. Public attention is mostly focused on what the Supreme Court will decide and how they will reach their decision, but this case also brings up interesting questions about the role of lawyers in cases that involve controversial public policy issues. A New York Times article has recently reported that no major law firms are willing to represent the side arguing against same-sex marriage, due to the belief of many lawyers that opposing same-sex marriage is bigotry akin to racism, as well as firms’ concerns about retaining clients and attracting talent.
The article then goes on to point out that “representing unpopular clients has a long and proud tradition in American justice,” citing examples such as John Adams representing the British soldiers after the 1770 Boston Massacre, Clarence Darrow defending two activists who bombed the L.A. Times building in 1910, and law firms today that are defending Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of ties to Al Qaeda. [Read more…] about Lawyers Have a Conscience Too: The Role of BigLaw in the Fight for Marriage Equality