McDermott, led by Richard Smith, filed an amicus brief in support of the respondent in Town of Castle Rock, Colorado v. Gonzales. Numerous publications reported the case on June 28, including Legal Times, which quoted Mr. Smith. "The decision is an open invitation to states to stand up and really take domestic violence seriously, and not force victims to rely on the federal Constitution to protect them." USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and WashingtonPost.com reported on the case, quoting Mr. Smith: "The second tragedy in this case could very well be that victims of domestic violence will read this opinion to mean that protection orders are not worth the paper they're printed on, and that impression would be false." He also participated in an online debate on www.ScotusBlog.com.