Join two of the nation's most prominent lawyers, David Boies and Theodore Olson, who famously went head to head in Bush v. Gore only to team up together for one of the highest-profile cases in recent Supreme Court history. The pair will relive their five-year journey to win the right for gays to marry, from Proposition 8's adoption by voters in 2008, to its defeat before the highest court in the land in Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013.
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.
Theodore B. Olson
Theodore B. Olson is a partner in Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's Washington, D.C. office, a member of the firm's Executive Committee and founder of the Appellate and Constitutional Law and Crisis Management Practice Groups. Mr. Olson was Solicitor General of the United States during the period 2001-2004. From 1981-1984, he was Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. Except for those two intervals, he has been a lawyer with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. since 1965.