Columbia Journal of Gender & Law
legal profession, homosexuality, professional conduct
In the mid-1960s, the author addressed the following "brief" to the Dean of a major law school on behalf of a law student, successfully urging that the Dean not report the student's homosexual activities to the state Bar committee which screened applicants for "good moral character." My own view, to be presently elaborated, is that to deprive a law student of the well-earned fruits of his labor on the basis of psychiatric findings that he might, at some future time commit a homosexual act that might become public and might merely embarrass a client, employer or associate, would manifest gross infidelity to a faculty's obligations to its students, implicitly adopt and perpetuate a form of bigotry at least as insidious, irrational and pernicious as racial discrimination, and inflict a grave, and perhaps permanently crippling injustice.
Joel J. Finer, Brief Against Homophobia at the Bar: To Law School Dean-Mid 1960s, 10 Columbia Journal of Gender & Law 63 (2000)