After the 2020 presidential election, President Trump found that all the best lawyers were forced to not take the cases because their firms gave them the ultimatum: withdraw from representing Trump or withdraw from the firm. Apparently, because they represented people’s right to self-defense, Paul Clement and Erin Murphy just faced a similar choice this week. It is very disappointing that Kirkland & Ellis is unwilling to allow conservative causes to be represented.
After we prevail before the high court, we generally receive a round of congratulatory messages from law-firm colleagues for a job well done, especially when we have helped our clients vindicate their fundamental constitutional rights.
This time around, we received a very different message from our law firm. Having just secured a landmark decision vindicating our clients’ constitutional Second Amendment rights in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, we were presented with a stark choice—withdraw from representing them or withdraw from the firm. There was only one choice: We couldn’t abandon our clients simply because their positions are unpopular in some circles. . . .Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, “The Law Firm That Got Tired of Winning,” Wall Street Journal, June 23, 2022.