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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
The Vermont Legislature’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage couldn’t have come at a better time for the Legal Studies Program at Dartmouth or the Dartmouth Lawyers Association.
The Legal Studies Program, with support from the Dartmouth Lawyers Association and other sponsors, will host a three-day program organized around the subject of same-sex marriage. The program will take place from Tuesday, April 28 through Thursday, April 30 and is in recognition of Law Day which is May 1. Each program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and end at approximately 6 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.
Of the three-day program, the third day is expected to be the highlight in which three Supreme Court Justices from different New England states will each address their participation in the landmark rulings from their respective courts on same-sex marriage.
The panel members include Associate Justice Robert Cordy from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Associate Justice Joette Katz of the Connecticut Supreme Court and former Associate Justice James Morse of the Vermont Supreme Court. Vermont attorney Beth Robinson ‘86 will moderate the discussion.
“Same-sex marriage is often viewed as the civil rights issue of our time,” says N. Bruce Duthu, Professor of Native American Studies and Convener of the Legal Studies Program at Dartmouth. “We're privileged to be able to bring some of the nation's most notable scholars to speak on this issue and particularly fortunate to hear from three state supreme court justices who each supported different judicial approaches to same-sex marriage.”
“These are cutting-edge developments with national and international implications,” says Duthu. “Audiences at this year's Law Day program will have a front-row seat to learn about history in the making.”
The three-day Law Day Program is as follows:
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