Photo by Corey Clark

Photo by Corey Clark

So much to write about, so little attention span. Here are the highlights:

Orange County, of all places, is lighting up the scoreboard for equal rights. Chapman University School of Law has been a hotbed of controversy these past few months. The brief supported and signed by several Chapman staff, faculty, and students was recently joined by the President of the entire University. The University President, along with a Trustee, filed a joinder application asking the court to include them in the brief filed in support of overturning Prop 8.

03/02/2009      Order filed     The application of Chapman University President James Doti and Chapman University Trustee Wyle Aitken to join in the amicus curiae brief filed by Individual Chapman University Organizations et al. in support of petitioners is hereby granted.

The dean of the law school, John Eastman, responded to this news by filing his own joinder motion to be included in a brief filed in support of Prop 8. Apparently, the dean feels that the proposition is not discriminatory. Eastman was instrumental in the filing of a previous amicus brief supporting the Proposition. Although this brief was allegedly not affiliated with the University, it uses the University’s address.

Chapman law held another “symposium” to discuss Prop 8 on February 27th.  We have all come to expect these things to be propagandist in nature. Indeed this event included a BYU law professor who compared peaceful no on 8 demonstrations to “kristallnacht,” the night that Nazis stormed through Jewish neighborhoods, ransacked homes and businesses, and rounded up tens of thousands of Jews to be sent to concentration camps. Ludicrous, but expected–this is the OC after all.

What could not have been expected were the thoughtful and stirring challenges to this establishment made by professors who understand that equal rights is an issue of civil rights. Professors like Katherine B. Darmer, one of the principal drafters of the amicus brief supporting the overturning of Prop 8, spoke to rousing applause and a standing ovation (the BYU professor speech evoked mainly laughter from the audience). The school’s paper wrote an article summarizing this event and highlighting the polarity of Eastman’s opinions–even when compared to the conservative school’s leaders. You can view video tape of the symposium at the school’s website.