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December 15, 2010 4:12 PM

David Boies Takes On Stephen Colbert

Posted by Brian Baxter

David Boies, the legendary litigator and founder of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, appeared on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report Wednesday night to talk with host Stephen Colbert about the challenge to California's Proposition 8 law prohibiting same-sex marriage.

Last year Boies and conservative legal scholar Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher joined forces to fight the Prop 8 gay-marriage ban in federal court. A high-profile trial earlier this year resulted in a landmark victory at the district court level in August for plaintiffs, although it didn't take long for the spin to begin. Prop 8 supporters vowed to appeal the ruling by U.S. district court judge Vaughn Walker; by November the panel was set for oral arguments.

Those arguments began earlier this month and were televised as lawyers for both sides presented their case before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. With both sides having finished their presentations, Boies was back in New York for a quick chat with Colbert on the Prop 8 issue.

Colbert, no stranger to tangling with Am Law 100 lawyers, takes turns poking fun at the Olson-Boies alliance, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and an "originalist" interpretation of the Constitution during his interview with Boies. (Boies appears at about the 3:25 minute mark in the video below, courtesy of Comedy Central.)



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