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July 2004 Issue


Cover Story

The Changing Face of Gay Legal Issues

When the city of San Francisco began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples earlier this year, attorney Frederick Hertz re­ceived a call from a client seeking advice on whether she and her lesbian partner should obtain one. Hertz, whose office is across San Fran­cisco Bay in Oak­land, had no easy answer.

“I said to her that when you get married and apply for a loan, the bank’s loan application does not have a box next to ‘Single,’ ‘Married’ and ‘Divorced’ that says ‘Marriage license applied for, validity in question,’ ” recalls Hertz.

That kind of uncertainty is becoming increasingly prev­alent for same-sex couples as more and more states grapple with the question of just what kind of legal recog­nition to give their unions.

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Feature Section

    A Question of Class

    It’s unlikely that Scott T. Schutte, the son of a mail­man and a receptionist, will ever get business from family connections. But the Chicago large-firm litigator is OK with that. Over the years, he’s come to terms with having a working-class background, and says he stands out in a profession with many second-, third- and sometimes fourth-generation lawyers.

ABA Connection

The Changing Face of Gay Legal Issues

Even as more states consider recognition of same-sex unions, gay couples face crucial personal legal issues.


Screen Test

McElhaney on Litigation

Difficult Clients

Corner Office

The New Law Librarian

Associates in the Trenches

Immature Antics

Ideas from the Front

Mover Over, James Bond

Hidden Agendas

Life Audit

Living Well

President's Message

Strength in Members

Executive Director's Report

Bench Boosters

Report from Governmental Affairs

Focusing the ABA’s Efforts

Above the Trees

No Idea Too Small

Obiter Dicta

Deal Me In

Keeva on Life and Practice

A Failure of Imagination