Paul Clement wins Second Amendment case at Supreme Court, leaves law firm

Paul Clement, who served as solicitor general during the George W. Bush administration, won a major Second Amendment case on behalf of a National Rifle Association affiliate Thursday.

몇 시간 후, he was no longer at his law firm.
After the Supreme Court ruled, Clement’s now-former law firm, Kirkland & 엘리스, announced in a news release that it willno longer represent clients with respect to matters involving the interpretation of the Second Amendment.
    Clement and Erin Murphy, a top litigator in her own right, responded by leaving.
      The news will come as a surprise to the insular world of appellate litigation, where Clement is considered one of the best Supreme Court advocates in the country and Kirkland is a top law firm and breeding ground for appellate lawyers.
        성명서, Clement and Murphy said they’re starting a new firm.
        In light of Kirkland & 엘리스’ announcement that the firm will no longer handle cases implicating the Second Amendment, including ongoing representations of individual plaintiffs we have maintained for years, we have decided to leave the firm and establish our own firm where we will continue to serve the full range of our diverse clients,” 머피가 말했다.
          We do not take this step lightly. Kirkland is a storied firm, and we have many friends and valued colleagues there,” said Clement. “운수 나쁘게, we were given a stark choice: either withdraw from ongoing representations or withdraw from the firm.
          그는 덧붙였다: “We could not abandon ongoing representations just because a client’s position is unpopular in some circles.
          A source with knowledge said that several partners at the firm had expressed discomfort with continuing representations of Second Amendment-related cases following the Uvalde, 텍사스, school massacre. In the last few days it became apparent that the break was irreparable and that Clement and Murphy would leave out of loyalty to their clients.
          Thursday evening, Clement and Murphy called out their former employer as the law firm that got tired of winning in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.
          Many businesses drop clients or change suppliers as convenience dictates. To others, the firm’s decision will seem like one more instance of acceding to the demands of the woke,” 까지 측정한 것. “But law firms aren’t supposed to operate like ordinary businesses. Lawyers owe a duty of loyalty to their clients.
          Kirkland & Ellis described the two lawyers asvalued colleagues.
          We wish them the best of luck in the future and we look forward to collaborating with them in the future in matters not involving the Second Amendment,” said Jon A. Ballis, chairman of Kirkland’s Executive Committee.
          The petitioners in the case resolved Thursday were Robert Nash, Brandon Koch and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Associationan NRA affiliate.
          Nash and Koch had passed the required background checks and obtained licenses to carry guns for hunting and target practice, but they had not been able to establish a special need for self-defense that is required under the New York state law to receive an unrestricted license. 
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            Clement said at oral arguments last year that the law makes it almost impossible for an ordinary individual to obtain a license because theproper causestandard is so demanding and is left to thebroad discretionof the licensing officer. 
            “좋은, even impeccable, moral character plus a simple desire to exercise a fundamental right is,” Clement said, “not sufficient.” “Nor is living or being employed in a high crime area.  

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