Four groups, on behalf of thousands of legal educators, are planning to boycott the Association of American Law Schools' annual conference if the organization carries out plans to hold the event at a San Diego hotel. The hotel is owned by Douglas Manchester, who recently donated $125K to Prop 8 in support of limiting marriage rights in California to heterosexual couples.
Among the groups planning to protest are the Society of American Law Teachers; the Legal Writing Institute; the AALS Section on Legal Writing Research and Reasoning; and the AALS Section on Teaching Methods. Together these groups represent some 2,500 individuals. Representatives say attending the event at a Manchester-owned hotel would conflict with their policy of non-discrimination.
Manchester, who calls his gay and lesbian hotel employees "wonderful," told The National Law Journal that his hotel has been the site of protests and that same-sex activists are using the issue to try to unionize workers.