Boies has been deeply involved in some of the most prominent legal disputes of the past two decades. From serving as special counsel to the Justice Department in the United States v. Microsoft trial to representing Vice President Al Gore in the Bush v. Gore case following the 2000 presidential election, Boies' legal experience is extensive and varied.
Currently, Boies and former Solicitor General Theodore Olson are working to overturn California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage. In a recent interview with Salon.com, Boies asserted that overturning this legislation will "improve the lives of gay and lesbian couples...it will not in any way harm heterosexual marriage." In 2010, Boies was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Boies will provide a behind-the-scenes look at his most well-known cases, including Prop. 8, and provide insight into what it takes to challenge the status quo and make legal history.
David Boies is chairman of Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. From 1998 to 2000, Boies served as special trial counsel for the US Department of Justice in its antitrust suit against Microsoft. Boies served as lead counsel for former vice president Al Gore in the 2000 election vote-count litigation in Florida. As co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in Perry v. Brown, he won judgments establishing the constitutional right to marry for gay and lesbian citizens in California in the federal district and appellate courts.
Pamela S. Karlan
A productive scholar and award-winning teacher, Pamela S. Karlan is also co-director of the schoolâ€™s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, where students litigate live cases before the Court. One of the nationâ€™s leading experts on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Professor Karlan is the co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law, constitutional litigation, and the law of democracy, as well as more than sixty scholarly articles.
Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Karlan is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Constitution Society.
Proposition 8 attorney David Boies weighs in on the historical significance of his recent victory in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the lawsuit that challenged the constitutionality of prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages in California. "Discrimination, bias and prejudice can survive in the darkness," says Boies, "but it can't survive in the marketplace of ideas."
Lawyer David Boies weighs in on how he thinks the Supreme Court will rule if the recent victory overturning California's Proposition 8 is appealed. "We are not taking any justice for granted on this issue," he says.