Thursday, March 25, 2010
Orin Kerr mentions the lawyers on both sides of the gay marriage case -- for the constitutional right to gay marriage, Ted Olson (and David Boies), and against, Charles Cooper. Upon reading Orin's post, I realized that I had worked for both of these lawyers -- for Cooper when I worked in the Office of Legal Council of the Justice Departments, and for Olson when I worked at Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher in Washington, D.C.
Both were very good lawyers and both were demanding bosses! (But not nearly as tough as some of my other bosses.)
Some people have been surprised by Ted's decision to bring the lawsuit, but it does not really surprise me. (I would not necessarily have predicted it, but, having heard about it, I am by no means shocked.) Ted was a very innovative attorney and he was more of a textualist than an originalist.