Reilly’s John M. McHugh served as the lead attorney in the pro bono representation of nine same-sex couples who are challenging the constitutionality of Colorado’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples entered into in other states. McDaniel-Miccio, et al. v. State of Colorado. Major public pleadings filed in the action captioned McDaniel-Miccio, et al. v. State of Colorado and Brinkman, et al. v. Long. Both actions were consolidated in front of the Honorable C. Scott Crabtree of the Seventeenth Judicial District.
Reilly’s John C. Hanley (Jack) has long been passionate about disability rights. Initially drawn to the cause because of a family member’s disabilities as a child, Jack’s advocacy began in 1990 when he was asked by Disability Law Colorado (DLC) to speak on their behalf at an event following the passing of the ground-breaking new law, the Americans with Disabilities Act. He continued his support of DLC by serving on their Board of Directors as chair, vice-president and president/board chair (currently).
Jack’s deep commitment to helping people with disabilities led him to involving Reilly LLP with some of the very serious issues they face, such as ensuring that people with mental illness in Colorado jails receive prompt evaluation and treatment and DLC has received incredible pro bono support from Reilly. Over eight years, the “Jail Wait” team benefitted from the expertise of four top-notch lawyers from his firm to get the treatment they need. Reilly LLP specializes in big stakes litigation, and there’s nothing more big stakes than the wellbeing of vulnerable people up against the entire state of Colorado.
While much of Jack’s passion for helping people with disabilities exists in the legal arena, he also chooses to support them while they’re having fun. With Jack’s encouragement, Reilly LLP supported a ski program for people with disabilities in Winter Park, Colorado. The National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) conducts races each year with at least one person with a disability on each team. Reilly LLP is honored to have been a (winning) team sponsor.
Jack is proud of what the ADA has accomplished but believes that it is the start towards protecting the rights of people with disabilities. He is deeply committed to the defense and support of people with disabilities by making their voices heard, and being their voice when they are not. The Reilly LLP team supports Jack in all his efforts to make the world a better and more inclusive place for those with disabilities.