Kristin Perry, et al v. Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al

Filing 188

Submitted (ECF) Amicus brief for review and filed Motion to become amicus curiae. Submitted by Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure Professors. Date of service: 10/25/2010. [7522036] (EJC)

Kristin Perry, et al v. Arnold Schwarzenegger, et al Doc. 188 Appeal No. 10-16696 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT KRISTIN PERRY, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellees, vs. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, et al., Defendants-Appellees. and DENNIS HOLLINGSWORTH, et al., Defendant-Intervenors-Appellants. On Appeal From the United States District Court for the Northern District of California Hon. Vaughn R. Walker Case No. 09-cv-2292 MOTION OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL PROCEDURE PROFESSORS ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, PAMELA S. KARLAN, ARTHUR MILLER, AND JUDITH RESNIK, ET AL., FOR LEAVE TO FILE BRIEF AMICUS CURIAE 897184.9 Dockets.Justia.com Elizabeth J. Cabraser Kelly M. Dermody Brendan P. Glackin Anne Shaver Alison Stocking LIEFF, CABRASER, HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111-3339 Tel.: (415) 956-1000 Email: ecabraser@lchb.com kdermody@lchb.com bglackin@lchb.com ashaver@lchb.com astocking@lchb.com Rachel Geman LIEFF, CABRASER, HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP 250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10013-1413 Tel: (212) 355-9500 Email: rgeman@lchb.com On behalf of Amici Curiae, Professors Bryan Adamson, Janet Cooper Alexander, Barbara A. Atwood, Barbara Babcock, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joshua P. Davis, David L. Faigman, Pamela S. Karlan, Toni M. Massaro, Arthur Miller, David Oppenheimer, Judith Resnik, Fred Smith, and Larry Yackle 897184.9 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AMICUS BRIEF Pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 29(b), Professors Bryan Adamson, Janet Cooper Alexander, Barbara A. Atwood, Barbara Babcock, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joshua P. Davis, David L. Faigman, Pamela S. Karlan, Toni M. Massaro, Arthur Miller, David Oppenheimer, Judith Resnik, Fred Smith, and Larry Yackle seek permission to file the accompanying brief Amicus Curiae in support of affirmance of the decision below. Amici are law professors who teach and write in the area of constitutional law and civil procedure. Amici have a strong interest in the outcome of these proceedings, as this Court's decision could have a significant impact upon the jurisprudence of constitutional factfinding and judicial review in constitutional cases. This brief will aid the Court in its analysis of the district court's factual findings. Specifically, the attached brief explains role of legislative factfinding in constitutional litigation. It also highlights the propriety of evidentiary findings in rational basis review cases. Finally, the brief examines the proceedings in this case to show that the district court's fair and impartial approach supports the conclusion that its factfinding is entitled to significant respect and weight. Amici believe that the points they develop in their proposed brief will prove valuable to this Court. 898417.1 Dated: October 25, 2010 Respectfully submitted, /s/ Elizabeth J. Cabraser Elizabeth J. Cabraser Elizabeth J. Cabraser Kelly M. Dermody Brendan P. Glackin Anne Shaver Alison Stocking LIEFF, CABRASER, HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP 275 Battery Street, 29th Floor San Francisco, CA 94111-3339 Tel. (415) 956-1000 Fax (415) 956-1008 Email: ecabraser@lchb.com kdermody@lchb.com bglackin@lchb.com ashaver@lchb.com astocking@lchb.com Rachel Geman LIEFF, CABRASER, HEIMANN & BERNSTEIN, LLP 250 Hudson Street, 8th Floor New York, NY 10013-1413 Tel: (212) 355-9500 Email: rgeman@lchb.com On behalf of Amici Curiae, Professors Bryan Adamson, Janet Cooper Alexander, Barbara A. Atwood, Barbara Babcock, Erwin Chemerinsky, Joshua P. Davis, David L. Faigman, Pamela S. Karlan, Toni M. Massaro, Arthur Miller, David Oppenheimer, Judith Resnik, Fred Smith, and Larry Yackle 898417.1