Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial, written by Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law Kenji Yoshino, has been honored by the American Bar Association (ABA) with the 2016 Silver Gavel Award for Media and the Arts.
Since 1958, the ABA has annually recognized works in the media and the arts that educate the public about the American Constitution and legal system; the workings of legal institutions and the role played by legal professionals; and current practices, policies, and issues that can be improved.
Speak Now explores how the 2010 Hollingsworth v. Perry trial was able to rigorously scrutinize the misleading campaigns that supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California. As the San Francisco Chronicle observed, “Above all, Yoshino both illuminates and lauds the trial, the ‘truth-finding mechanism’ that puts claims of social convention, distinctions between groups, and academic expertise to the test of the adversarial process.”
VIDEO: Kenji Yoshino on why he wrote Speak Now
Posted May 12, 2016