February 06, 2003

Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith will appear twice before the Supreme Court in March in unrelated cases that could yield landmark decisions affecting the civil liberties of the nation’s library users and the gay community.

On March 5, Mr. Smith will argue in United States v. American Library Association that the federal Children’s Internet Protection Act unconstitutionally requires public libraries to use Internet filtering software to receive federal funds for computers and web access.  The Firm’s effort on behalf of the American Library Association is being assisted by Theresa A. Chmara, who, like Mr. Smith, is a Partner in Jenner & Block’s Washington D.C. office.  Also assisting in the case are Associates Daniel Mach and Katherine A. Fallow.

Then, on March 26, Mr. Smith will argue on behalf of the male petitioners in Lawrence and Gardner v. Texas that a Texas sodomy law is also unconstitutional because it criminalizes only same-sex conduct, not identical conduct by different-sex couples.  The Firm in this case is working closely with the Lambda Legal Defense Fund.  The challenging legal team also includes Jenner & Block Partner William M. Hohengarten and Associates Daniel Mach and Sharon M. McGowan.