Maren Miller Bam and Professor Bob Rains team up on DOMA brief
March 26, 2013
|Maren Miller Bam, a member of the Class of 2015, worked on an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court under the supervision of Professor Robert Rains, counsel of record for the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR).|
If the Supreme Court invalidates the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), third-year law student Maren Miller-Bam hopes that her work played some small part in it. She assisted Penn State Law professor Robert Rains, a family law and federal benefits expert, in an amicus brief on behalf NOSSCR, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.
The case, United States v. Windsor, No. 12-307, centers on the constitutionality of the part of DOMA that defines marriage, for the purpose of federal benefits, as a union of one man and one woman. Professor Rains and the other amici argue that DOMA violates the Fifth Amendment's guarantee of equal protection under the law to married persons of the same sex. Professor Rains is counsel of record on the brief for NOSSCR, which filed as amici curiae with Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders (SAGE), the National Senior Citizens Law Center (NSCLC), and the American Society on Aging (ASA).