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JUDGE SAYS INTELLIGENT DESIGN ISN’T SCIENCE PHILADELPHIA � The Dover Area School District’s policy of mentioning “intelligent design” in biology class violates the First Amendment as well as the Pennsylvania Constitution, a federal judge has ruled, barring the district from mentioning intelligent design in science classes or “from requiring teachers to denigrate or disparage the scientific theory of evolution.” In one of the most closely watched cases in recent memory, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III addressed not only the district’s policy in his opinion in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, but also framed the case in the much larger context when he ruled that intelligent design is not science. “[M]oreover � ID cannot uncouple itself from its creationist, and thus religious, antecedents,” he said in the 139-page opinion. Jones didn’t pull any punches in making his ruling, criticizing the school board for its policy, as well as those who saw the case as an opportunity to make law that would pave the way for greater acceptance of intelligent design. “Those who disagree with our holding will likely mark it as the product of an activist judge,” he said. “If so, they will have erred as this is manifestly not an activist court. Rather, this case came to us as the result of the activism of an ill-informed faction on a school board, aided by a national public interest law firm eager to find a constitutional test case on ID, who in combination drove the board to adopt an imprudent and ultimately unconstitutional policy.” � The Legal Intelligencer New partners SHEARMAN PROMOTES S.F. LAWYER TO PARTNER Shearman & Sterling announced Tuesday that it had elected 14 new partners firmwide, including one in the firm’s San Francisco office. The promotions, effective Jan. 1, also included one new partner in the firm’s Frankfurt office, two in the Hong Kong office, two in London, one in Mannheim (Germany), one in Munich, three in New York, two in Paris and one in Rome. San Francisco associate Mark Hyland, who practices in the firm’s capital markets group, received his J.D. in 1995 from Columbia Law School. Shearman & Sterling has over 1,000 lawyers in more than 19 cities throughout the world.

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