Law Schools to Honor Hyatt Boycott

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The Association of American Law Schools said Aug. 18 it will move the events of its January 2009 annual meeting from San Diego’s Manchester Grand Hyatt to the Marriott hotel next door. 

Attendees are scheduled to stay in, and events had been planned for, both hotels.

The Hyatt is being boycotted by gay groups, unions and others because the owner of the local hotel, Doug Manchester, gave $125,000 to the campaign to amend the California Constitution to re-ban same-sex marriage. Voters will face a ballot proposition to that effect Nov. 4.

“Several years ago the Association booked rooms at the San Diego Marriott and the Manchester Grand Hyatt,” the AALS Executive Committee said. “Our contracts with the hotels provide that each hotel reserve a block of guest rooms, and leave to the AALS the choice of where to locate the AALS Registration, Exhibit Hall, Section Programs, Presidential Programs, and House of Representatives meetings. We will honor our contracts with both hotels, and we have exercised our option to hold all AALS events at the Marriott to ensure the maximum participation by our members.”

“Faculty and staff at law schools will soon receive housing information and you will be able to choose your individual hotel room on a first-come, first-served basis.”

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