Fresh from arguing the unconstitutionality of California’s gay marriage ban before the U.S. Supreme Court, renowned litigators Theodore B. Olson and David Boies will discuss the case and their careers on May 17 in Concord.
The evening program, part of the Constitutionally Speaking series “How Does the Constitution Keep Up with the Times,” will be moderated by New Hampshire Public Radio host Laura Knoy.
The event, which begins at 6 p.m. at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, is free but requires reserving seats through the venue’s website at www.ccanh.com or by calling 603-225-1111.
A yearlong pilot project, Constitutionally Speaking aims to promote meaningful civics education in New Hampshire schools and spirited, yet civil, dialogue about the Nation’s founding document among the state’s citizens. It is a partnership of the N.H. Supreme Court Society, the N.H. Humanities Council, and the UNH School of Law. Litigators Olson and Boies presented arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26 in Hollingsworth v. Perry, their challenge to a gay marriage ban that was
narrowly approved by California voters in 2008. Previously, the two were on opposite sides in Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 presidential election.
In 2010, both Olson and Boies were included among Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Olson, who was U.S. Solicitor General from 2001-2004, is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Boies, who from 1998-2000 served as Special Trial Counsel for the U.S. Justice Department in its antitrust suit against Microsoft, is chairman of Boies, Schiller and Flexner. The firm has offices in New York, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., California, Florida, and Nevada.