UCHastings Instagram

@hastingswlj EIC Sonya L. Rahders kicks off the "Bringing to Light" Symposium. #UCHastings
Instagram Photo Likes ms_lagunitas, dan1sha, kmatayoshi and 20 others like this.
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Being a Gay Justice is No Longer a Big Issue

Three of the seven openly gay or lesbian justices on the nation's state supreme courts, and the first lesbian jurist on the Bay Area's federal bench, got together in San Francisco last week and agreed that being a gay judge isn't much of an issue these days. At least not where they live.

In 2010, U.S. District Court judges in San Francisco appointed Donna Ryu, a civil rights attorney and UC Hastings law professor, as a federal magistrate. No openly gay or lesbian judicial officer had ever served on the court.

California's voters had banned same-sex marriage less than two years earlier, but this was San Francisco, the climate was changing, and Ryu was determined to be as open as possible.

"I wanted people to know that I was lesbian," she said. In the January 2010 news release announcing her appointment, she said, she proposed including her membership on the board of the National Center for Lesbian Rights - only to be told by a clerk that the court's chief judge, Vaughn Walker, was "wondering whether you really want to have that in there."

FULL ARTICLE:

Being a Gay Justice is No Longer an Issue
By Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle
Published July 25, 2013

Link: http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Being-a-gay-justice-is-no-longer-a-big-issue-4678419.php

Go to News Archive

Share this Story

Share via Facebook
Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

Other Recent Stories/ RSS

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

AFSCME & UC Hastings Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

“Good faith compromise on both sides” leads to labor peace.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Professor Scott Dodson’s New Book on Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg featured in Inaugural Episode of The RightsCast

New video podcast series, produced by Professor Nancy Leong of University of Denver Sturm College of Law, features timely and important research relating to civil rights.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HSIR Students Survey Rural Housing Conditions Over Break

 "Sometimes you don’t get it until you talk to the people who are affected."
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Q + A with Yousef Farsakh '12

In his position at King & Spalding in Saudi Arabia, Farsakh helped win the IFN 2014 "Deal of the Year" award and is now helping to structure the agreement to erect the world's tallest building.
Monday, January 26, 2015

Suzette Pringle '10 Wins Pro Bono Service Award

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights honored Pringle at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Luncheon.
Go to News Archive