This blog is a project of Berkeley Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Law students Amanda Beck and Sarah Ruby are filing daily dispatches from the Proposition 8 trial, taking place in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. The landmark case, Perry et al v. Schwarzenegger et al, is a Constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, which denies same-sex couples in California the right to marry. Voters approved the measure in 2008. The students, both experienced journalists, are working under the direction of Lecturer in Residence Joan Hollinger.
About the bloggers:
Amanda Beck is a second-year Berkeley Law student and freelance news reporter whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and the San Francisco Chronicle. She began covering gay marriage in 2008, when the state Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had a right to marry. At that time, Amanda was also completing her work as an assistant producer on The Judge and the General, an Emmy-nominated documentary that follows attorneys and journalists as they build a human rights case against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet.
Amanda graduated from Harvard in 2001 and from the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism in 2007. She entered law school to learn more about our approach to social issues and expects to return to reporting full-time after graduation. In the meantime, you can read more of her work at www.amandabeck.com.
Sarah Ruby is a third-year law student at Berkeley Law. She came to law school by way of newspapers, most recently the Bakersfield Californian, where she covered the environment and wrote about toxic waste, sewage sludge, agriculture, and air pollution. While in law school, she co-wrote an opinion piece about Prop 8 for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her main legal interests are constitutional and criminal law. Sarah graduated from Stanford University in 2001.