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Spotted at the Supreme Court: Lezra ’11 Participating in “Most Obscure Protest”

Tons and tons and tons of young activists (including a handful of conservatives) descended on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court this week to express their support or opposition towards same-sex marriage as justices hear arguments that may well strike down the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8. Of the many demonstrators, perhaps none are nerdier than a pack of students from the Georgetown University Law Center, who are predominantly peeved about the Court’s decision to “review the arguments in Hollingsworth v. Perry using rational basis, the most lenient form of judicial review in the U.S. court system.” Haven’t been to law school yet? DCist’s Benjamin Freed, who dubs it the “Most Obscure Supreme Court Protest,” explains:

In a rational basis review, judges test if a law or other governmental action is in the reasonable interests of that government in a way that passes muster with the Fifth or 14th amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The standard gives a wide berth to state laws, such as Proposition 8.

Spotted among the crew, second from the left in that photo, is former Argus editor, prolific soccer blogger, and all-around friendly dude Gabe Lezra ’11, who elaborates on his crew’s moral indignation:

“Rational basis means that the court will give great deference to any state law passed so long as that it is rationally related to government interests,” said Gabe Lezra, who was propped up one of four posters decorated to look like a court brief.

“We were going to do a table of authorities, but we ran out of time,” he said.

Zimmerman ’08 Tries to Start CSA at Fordham, Gets Busted

https://i2.wp.com/www.fordham.edu/images/whats_new2010/mzcabbage.jpg?resize=250%2C376Mike Zimmerman ’08, a recent Wesleyan grad from Essex, VT, is featured this week in a New York Times article regarding the third-year law student’s efforts (and ensuing legal struggles) to start a farm-share program at Fordham. The concept is simple enough, especially if you’re signed up for Wesleyan’s Fruit and Veggie Co-Op: “Students, as well as faculty and staff members, paid about $150 per semester to buy a share of a harvest from a farm in central New York.”

The legal issues are a bit thornier. Zimmerman’s program, Farm to Fordham, was officially shut down last week—“the culmination of a convoluted process that began in April, when security personnel refused to open the gate for a vegetable delivery.”

If you remember Food Not Bombs’ feud with the Middletown Health Department back in ’09, this all may seem at least slightly familiar. Except not: Farm to Fordham wasn’t providing free food. And it wasn’t a catering service. It was an agricultural network, which doesn’t require a permit, Zimmerman argues:

Over the next few months, the group’s founder, Michael Zimmerman, a third-year law student, tried to satisfy Fordham’s requests so it could reopen, but to no avail: on Wednesday, he was forwarded an e-mail from the university’s legal counsel, indicating that it would no longer allow the initiative.

Law School Student Panel

From someone somewhere:

Interested in law school? Have a ton of questions and wish you could talk to someone who has gone through the process? The Wesleyan Pre-Law Society is hosting a panel discussion led by Wesleyan students who will discuss everything from taking the LSATs, choosing a law school, deferring, and gap years. Come get your questions answered!

Date: TODAY, April 21
Time: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Place: Usdan 110