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Bill Smith Memorial Lecture presents Therese Stewart

Tuesday, April 9

Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom, room 1001
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Please join us for the 12th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, April 9th at 5 PM at King Hall in room 1001. The event is followed by a reception in the King Hall Courtyard at 6:30 PM.

As you may recall, the Bill Smith Memorial Lecture honors the memory of Bill Smith ('98) who passed away 12 years ago. During Bill's short time with us, he dedicated himself to disability and LGBT rights activism. The Lecture is our way of honoring his memory, both by highlighting a powerful voice in the disability or LGBT rights arena and by awarding a small summer grant to a 1L or 2L law student doing nonprofit legal work in either of those areas.

This year we are excited to bring Therese Stewart to speak to us about her involvement with same-sex marriage litigation in California. Ms. Stewart is the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the city and county of San Francisco and graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. As an attorney for San Francisco, Ms. Stewart has defended the city's position that same-sex couples should have the right to marry since February 2004, when then Mayor Gavin Newsom directed city officials to permit same-sex marriages. Ms. Stewart continues to be a stalwart for same-sex marriage, delivering the oral argument for San Francisco's position before the California Supreme Court in 2008 and, most recently, arguing on behalf of the city before the 9th Circuit in Perry v. Schwarzenegger. 

Again, please join us for this very special event on Tuesday, April 9th at King Hall and help us honor a spirit of caring and compassion through an evening committed to learning and serving the public good. 

For more information, please contact Bradley Showman at