Friel to give final Amicus Curiae lecture tomorrow


GregoryFrielA Marshall alumnus who is a prominent civil rights attorney in Washington D.C., will deliver the final lecture in this year’s Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center.

With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to decide the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, Gregory Friel will examine the emergence of the gay rights movement, its triumphs and setbacks in the courts and political arena, and the battles now raging over marriage equality for same sex marriage in his address, “From Death, Oppression and Stigma to Marriage Equality.”

After graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, Friel clerked for a federal court of appeals judge and then joined the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked for two decades as an appellate litigator.

The Amicus Curiae Lecture Series is sponsored by the Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy with financial support from the West Virginia Humanities Council.  The lecture is free and open to the public.  The lecture is approved for one hour of West Virginia MCLE general credit.