Assoc. Dean Celestine McConville and Jordan Lorence, Esq.
Same-Sex Marriage: What is Really at Stake?

When: Thursday, October 23, 11:45am buffet lunch
Where: Scott's Seafood, 3300 Bristol St., Costa Mesa (714) 979-2400
Cost: $30; includes one hour MCLE. See reservation and payment details below.
The Federalist Society is a California State Bar approved provider of MCLE.

The same sex marriage discussion is not just cultural, religious, and historical; it also has wide-ranging legal implications. From the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) provisions – to constitutional full-faith-and-credit-clause ramifications -- to equal protection and state fairness/discrimination issues -- there is much to contemplate. Dean McConville and Jordan Lorence will present these issues from their perspectives on either side of this debate.

Dean Celestine McConville - Dean McConville joined the Chapman Law faculty as an Associate Professor in August 2000. She clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and also served as clerk to Judge Cynthia Holcomb Hall on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Judge Donald C. Nugent on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. Before coming to Chapman, she was a visiting faculty member at Case Western Reserve School of Law, where she received the Student Bar Association's Teacher of the Year award for 1999. She earned her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, graduating magna cum laude in the top one percent of her class. She was selected for Order of the Coif and was editor for the Georgetown Law Journal's Criminal Procedure Project. Dean McConville practiced law as an associate with Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C.

Jordan Lorence, Esq. - A graduate of Stanford University, Jordan W. Lorence earned his juris doctor at the University of Minnesota Law School. After graduation from law school he served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota State Senate. He began practicing law in 1981, specializing in constitutional law. He spent several years working with public interest organizations and is now a litigation attorney for the Alliance Defense Fund. Jordan Lorence has had extensive trial experience, especially in the area of First Amendment litigation.

Moderator: John Shu, Esq. – John Shu has published several white papers on the subject of same sex marriage as he has comprehensively monitored, analyzed, and compared the cases across the United States. He is an associate with Straddling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth in Irvine and he clerked for The Honorable Paul H. Roney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

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