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Prop 8 Controversy Splits California Bar

A year ago, I posted here about a group of law professors that decided to boycott the Association of American Law Schools' annual meeting at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt as a protest of hotel owner Douglas Manchester's financial support of the Proposition 8 campaign to ban same-sex marriages. Taking a lesson from the professors, California lawyers similarly challenged the California Bar Association's decision to hold its annual meeting at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, reports SanDiego6.com. But the California Bar determined that it was not possible to move the convention so it opened as scheduled at the Manchester last Thursday.

The Bar's decision didn't stop the Conference of Delegates from relocating to a new venue, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront. Participants who wanted to attend both events could take a cab between the two venues. However, in an attempt to keep participants at the Hilton and away from the Grand Hyatt venue, the Conference of Delegates created its own continuing legal education program.

The Conference of Delegates originally split from the main Bar in the late 1990s, but its decision to move to a new venue and establish its own CLE programs was apparently one of its most visible expressions of its independence to date.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on September 14, 2009 at 03:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

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