The New York Times Editorial
The Vergara v. California ‚Äúruling opens a new chapter in the equal education struggle. It also underscores a shameful problem that has cast a long shadow over the lives of children, not just in California but in the rest of the country as well.‚ÄĚ
Vergara Plaintiffs Deliver Riveting Closing Arguments
Watch Plaintiffs' riveting closing arguments on the final day of the Vergara v. California trial.
Oakland Alliance of Black Educators Endorses Vergara
"We believe the spirit of dedication and making children the priority, as exhibited by educators like Marcus Foster, are necessary ingredients to effectively steward our most precious resource ‚Äď children."
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Joshua S. Lipshutz
Joshua S. Lipshutz is a partner in the San Francisco office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and one of the principal trial attorneys representing the nine student plaintiffs challenging California education laws dealing with tenure, dismissal and seniority in Vergara v. California.
Read Mr. Lipshutz’ op-ed about Vergara v. California in The Wall Street Journal: The Legal Road Map to Better Public Schools.
Also, watch a video of Mr. Lipshutz discussing Vergara v. California at a TEACHED event in San Francisco.
Mr. Lipshutz currently practices in the firm‚Äôs Litigation Department and its Appellate and Constitutional Law Practice Group. In recent representative appellate matters, Mr. Lipshutz has asked the Ninth Circuit to rule that ‚Äúno injury‚ÄĚ class-action plaintiffs lack Article III standing; drafted an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the minimum coverage provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; and represented the plaintiffs in their Ninth Circuit federal constitutional challenge to California‚Äôs ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8.
Before joining the firm, Mr. Lipshutz represented financial services firms in shareholder and investor actions under Delaware, New York and California law, the federal Securities Act of 1933, and the Investment Company Act of 1940. His appellate experience spanned matters involving constitutional law, federal securities law, and various procedural and jurisdictional issues. Examples of such work included briefing before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the constitutionality of state and local handgun bans, briefing before the California Supreme Court regarding the concurrent jurisdiction of state courts under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act, and briefing before the Ninth Circuit regarding post-merger shareholder derivative standing. Mr. Lipshutz has also successfully represented individuals pro bono in immigration matters.
Mr. Lipshutz served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and to the Honorable Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States. He graduated Order of the Coif from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review. He received his undergraduate degrees, summa cum laude, in finance and systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Lipshutz worked as a principal investment professional at Silver Lake Partners and as an investment banking associate at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Mr. Lipshutz is admitted to practice law in the State of California and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.