Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Attorneys joining Alliance Defense Fund to represent Prop 8 Official Proponents in Perry v. Schwarzenneger

06/30/09 orders by Judge Vaughn Walker, granting motions of several Cooper & Kirk attorneys to represent Prop 8 Official Proponents, in Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al. (N.D.Cal. 3:09-cv-02292, filed May 22, 2009):

Judge Walker has granted motions of Charles J. Cooper, Howard C. Nielson, Jr., Pete Patterson, and David H. Thompson - all of Cooper & Kirk - to represent ProtectMarriage.com / Yes on 8 and other proposed intervenors in the case.

Several of these attorneys have served in Republican administrations. According to the firm's website,

The firm's chairman, Charles J. Cooper, served in the Department of Justice as the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel during the Reagan Administration.
Nielson was Counsel to Attorney General John Ashcroft, and Peterson was Associate Counsel to President George W. Bush in the White House Counsel's Office. Among his accomplishments, Thompson's firm profile references his work defending California Prop. 209 and challenging the McCain-Feingold law on campaign finance reform.

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