In the Supreme Court battle between the Christian Legal Society and the University of California Hastings College of Law — a potentially major First Amendment challenge on this term’s docket — both sides have added star legal talent to handle the likely April arguments.

Christian Legal Society has brought on board, as lead counsel, former federal appellate judge Michael McConnell, who is now director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. Hastings has added former Solicitor General Gregory Garre, chair of Latham & Watkins’ Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group. And the Hastings gay and lesbian student organization, Hastings Outlaw, has brought in Paul Smith, chair of the Appellate and Supreme Court Practice at Jenner & Block.

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