30 New Eng. L. Rev. 625 (1995-1996)
Parades and Prejudice: The Incredible True Story of Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade and the United States Supreme Court

handle is hein.journals/newlr30 and id is 635 raw text is: Parades and Prejudice: The Incredible
True Story of Boston's St. Patrick's Day
Parade and the United States Supreme
Gretchen Van Ness*
On June 19, 1995, in the case of Hurley v. Irish-American Gay,
Lesbian & Bisexual Group of Boston,' the United States Supreme Court
handed down this unremarkable ruling: under the First Amendment, the
state may not require private citizens who organize a parade to include
in that parade a group imparting a message the organizers do not wish
* Gretchen Van Ness is a 1988 graduate of Boston College Law School. Ms.
Van Ness clerked for the United States District Court for Massachusetts and the
United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. She also served as a special
clerk to Judge A. David Mazzone on the United States Sentencing Commission prior
to entering private practice in 1991.
As a cooperating attorney with Gay &      Lesbian Advocates &    Defenders
(GLAD), Ms. Van Ness served as a member of the legal team representing the Irish-
American Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Group of Boston (GLIB) from 1993 through the
Supreme Court's decision in 1995. The Supreme Court legal team was led by John
Ward, of counsel to    Zalkind, Rodriguez, Lunt &     Duncan, who    argued  the
Respondents' case to the Supreme Court, and Mary Bonauto, Director of Civil Rights
at GLAD. The team also included Professor Larry W. Yackle of Boston University
Law School, Gary Buseck of McDonough & Hacking in Boston, and Charles S. Sims
of Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn in New York. Philip M. Cronin, assisted by
Elsie Kappler of Peabody & Arnold in Boston, led the trial team.
1. Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Group of Boston, 115 S.
Ct. 2338 (1995). The GLAD Supreme Court team was ably assisted by Jeremy
Cattani, Eric Duprd, Dorothy Fernandez, Mari Garcia, Jason Handler, Laurie Hurtt,
Michael D. Lewis, Tim Overholt, and Scott Weiner-students from Boston College
Law School, Harvard Law School, and Northeastern University Law School. Particular
thanks are due my legal intern, Nina Keaney, of Boston College Law School, whose
contributions to our effort far exceeded those of an ordinary third-year law student.


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