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Advocacy Groups Split On Hastings Law School Policy

Publication Date: 
April 12, 2010
Tony Mauro

Professor Michael McConnell is mentioned here for his representation of the Christian Legal Society in the U.S. Supreme Court case Christian Legal Society Chapter of University of California Hastings College of Law v. Martinez. Tony Mauro of the National Law Journal filed this story:

Law schools don't just turn out lawyers. In recent years, they have also produced litigation that finds its way onto the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.

In 2003, the University of Michigan Law School was the focus of a major affirmative action case, Grutter v. Bollinger. A coalition of law schools that barred military recruiters from campuses figured in Rumsfeld v. FAIR in 2006.

On April 19, the Court will hear arguments in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, which will make the University of California Hastings College of the Law the next law school in the spotlight. A Christian student group challenged the San Francisco school for requiring it to adopt the university's nondiscrimination policy if it wants to become a registered student organization. The Christian Legal Society, represented by former appeals court judge and Stanford Law School professor Michael McConnell, claims the state school's requirement to allow nonadherents to join and even lead the group as a condition of recognition violated its freedom of association.