UCHastings Instagram

Student-Alumni #BOB
Instagram Photo Likes chesc2015, cristalergy, liannemarcella and 24 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

Monday, March 02, 2015

National Cultural Heritage Moot Court Championship!

Team members Katherine Green '16, Nathaniel Ku '16 and Andrea Tool '16 triumphed by arguing two rounds on Friday and four rounds on Saturday to become the National Champions. Writeup by Assistant Dean Toni Young '76.
Monday, March 02, 2015

Professor Purcell Shares Mediation Expertise at Indian Conference

In India, mediation is a bright spot in an overwhelmed court system.
Saturday, February 28, 2015

4 Things I Learned From Justice Cuéllar

2L Anthony Rodriguez reflects on California Supreme Court Justice Tino Cuéllar's visit to UC Hastings.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Chancellor & Dean Emerita Mary Kay Kane Elected to Board of IALS

The International Association of Law Schools was founded in 2005 at the behest of legal educators who recognized the growing inter-relationship of norms from transnational legal systems.
Friday, February 27, 2015

Thinkers & Doers: February 27, 2015

UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves February 21, 2015 - February 27, 2015.
Go to News Archive