August 20, 2008 Contact: Fred Karger

Manchester Grand Hyatt Boycott —
4,000 Law Professors Move Convention Next Door to San Diego Marriott Hotel

SAN DIEGO, CA — Please read the story below that broke yesterday in the National Law Journal re: the decision reached by the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) to move their January 2009 convention away from Doug ManchesterÂ’s Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel to its major competitor, right next door, the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina. This was due to Doug ManchesterÂ’s contribution of $125,000 to the campaign to take away marriage equality in California for same-sex couples.

There are few more sought after groups for conventions by cities and hotels than 4,000 law professors. We are thrilled that AALS has agreed to honor the boycott that Californians Against Hate and our allies called for one month ago. Thank you AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF LAW SCHOOLS!!! Here is the link to their web site and their statement:

See below (after the story) for links to some of the News Coverage that Californians Against Hate has received from around the globe:

August 19, 2008

Protests get law school conference moved from San Diego hotel

Amid a threatened boycott by groups representing thousands of law professors, the Association of American Law Schools has decided not to hold its annual meeting at a San Diego hotel whose owner is a foe of same-sex marriage.

The AALS issued a statement Monday saying that although it would adhere to its contract with the hotel to reserve a block of rooms for the conference, the meetings, seminars and other events would be held at a different location.

The decision came after three legal education groups sent letters to the AALS calling for it to move the meeting site away from the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The hotel’s owner, Douglas Manchester, has donated $125,000 to an initiative to outlaw same-sex marriage in California.

The groups, which included the Legal Writing Institute; the AALS Section on Legal Writing Research and Reasoning; and the AALS Section on Teaching Methods, had said that they would not attend events held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. The Society of American Law Teachers also had urged the AALS to move the meeting.

Mark Wojcik, chairman of the AALS Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, said Monday that he was satisfied with the decision.

“It sends a big message,” he said. “They’re ensuring that not one additional penny goes to support these discriminatory moves.” Wojcik is director of global legal studies at John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

The AALS also has rooms reserved at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and has decided to move the conference events to that location. Ironically, Manchester developed that hotel as well, although currently he does not own any part of it, said Carl Monk, executive director of the AALS.

Manchester was not available for comment.
Leigh Jones


KGET – TV NBC Bakersfield —


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San Diego Union-Tribune —

GLT Editorial —

Bay Area Reporter —


San Diego Cit Beat —

National Law Journal —


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The Earth Times – London —

Inside Higher Ed —

Chronicle of Higher education —

Volokh Conspiracy —

40 Years in the Desert —

Digg —

The Shark —

The Shark —

Hunter of Justice —

Legal Writing Institute —

Californians Against Hate Blog —

Institute for Marriage and Public Policy —

Protect Marriage Equality —

Straight Talk on Marriage —

Marriage Equality News —

PamÂ’s House Blend —

Vote3R —

Box Turtle Bulletin —

SD Urban —

Baptist Press —

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