Early GMUSL Supporter Joe Allbritton Has Died at Age 87

Joe L. Allbritton made his fortune in media and banking, including ownership of eight television stations, the Washington Star Newspaper, and Riggs Bank.  He also played a significant role in the founding of George Mason School of Law.

Allbritton was a board member of the International School of Law (ILS), which became GMUSL when it merged with the university in 1979.  In the mid 1970s, the Kann’s Department Store in Arlington became available for purchase when the business closed. Allbritton signed a personal promissory note to secure a $3 million dollar loan to purchase the building and adjoining 14 acres.

Here is a 1979 photo of then law school Dean Ralph N. Norvell standing in front of the first law school building:

Dean Ralph Norvell

George Mason University , “George Mason University School of Law Dean, Ralph N. Norvell in front of the School of Law building ,” A History of George Mason University, accessed December 13, 2012, http://ahistoryofmason.gmu.edu/items/show/192.


U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cert in Two Gay Marriage Cases

Today the Supreme Court granted certiorari in two gay marriage cases:

United States v. Windsor, Edith S., et. al. (12-307)

Question Presented:  “Does Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, 1 U.S.C. § 7, which defines the term “marriage” for all purposes under federal law as “only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife,” deprive same-sex couples who are lawfully married under the laws of their states (such as New York) of the equal protection of the laws, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States?”

Order:  “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following questions: Whether the Executive Branch’s agreement with the court below that DOMA is unconstitutional deprives this Court of jurisdiction to decide this case; and whether the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group of the United States House of Representatives has Article III standing in this case.”

Hollingsworth, Dennis, et. al v. Perry, Kristin M., et. al.(12-144) 

Question Presented: “Whether the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment prohibits the State of California from defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman.”

Order: “The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted. In addition to the question presented by the petition, the parties are directed to brief and argue the following question: Whether petitioners have standing under Article III, §2 of the Constitution in this case.”


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