Local attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) graduated with a double major in Political Science and English. After a summer internship while working toward her law degree at the University of Illinois, she was offered a position at Rhoades McKee, a local Grand Rapids law firm. Stephanie participated in the Political Science and International Relations career event in Winter 2013, offering her suggestions to students interested in law school and the legal profession.
Her recent filing with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan on behalf of her clients, Bruce T. Morgan and Brian P. Merucci, follows the March 21 decision by Judge Bernard Friedman in DeBoer v. Snyder, which ruled Michigan’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage as unconstitutional and as such should not be enforced.
Myott contends that in striking down Michigan's same-sex marriage ban, Judge Friedman's ruling allowed for the recognition of out-of-state marriages prior to March 21 on the basis of the Full Faith and Credit Clause. As a result, the State of Michigan should recognize her clients' New York marriage.
For more information, see the recent article in the Grand Rapids Business Journal.