Watch the first day of trial unfold through the eyes of the Vergara v. California plaintiffs.
Rep. Kristin Olsen: “I’m cheering on this case”
"If these nine courageous kids are victorious and these outdated, unfair laws are overturned, we will have a golden opportunity to reset the conversation in California about our schools and how to achieve top-ranking status once again."
Gloria Romero Debates the Case
Former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero debates Vergara v. California with a representative from the California Teachers Association on PBS' SoCal Insider.
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Enrique A. Monagas
Enrique A. Monagas is an associate in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, concentrating his practice on appellate, constitutional law, crisis management, and complex litigation matters.
Recent representative matters include representing the plaintiffs in the pending federal constitutional challenge to Californiaâ€™s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8; securing the dismissal of two toxic tort cases against Dole Foods because of fraud on the court by plaintiffs and their counsel; representing Chevron in pending high stakes proceedings stemming from the oil operations of Chevronâ€™s subsidiary, Texaco, in Ecuador.
Recently, Mr. Monagas was selected as one of The Recorder’s 50 “Fast Track” lawyers, recognizing California attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.
In 2011, the National LGBT Bar Association named Mr. Monagas as one of the recipients of its annual â€śBest LGBT Lawyers Under 40â€ť award.
Mr. Monagas earned his J.D. from the University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 2005, where he served as an Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice. While attending law school, he was an extern law clerk for Judge Kim McLane Wardlaw, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Mr. Monagas received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998.
Mr. Monagas is fluent in Spanish.
â€˘ “Gay Marriage and the Law: Same-Sex Marriage Litigation and Defense of Marriage Act Repeal Efforts,” ABA Section of Litigation, Annual CLE Conference, April 2012.
â€˘ “Perry v. Schwarzenegger: A Ringside View from the Plaintiffs’ Corner,” Duke Law School Conference & Retreat, June 2011.
â€˘ Keynote Address, Cruz Reynoso Social Justice and Judicial Externship Fellowship Dinner, February 2011.
â€˘ “An Analysis of the Ninth Circuit Oral Arguments in the Federal Challenge to California’s Proposition 8,” Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), December 2010.
â€˘ “California’s Assembly Bill 205, The Domestic Partner Rights and Responsibilities Act of 2003: Is Domestic Partner Legislation Compromising the Campaign for Marriage Equality?,” Hastings Women’s Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1 (2006).