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Lawyers Who Won 2A SCOTUS Case Forced to Resign

Following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling against New York’s concealed carry law, two lawyers with Kirkland & Ellis that won the case have now left the firm, after they were told to either drop their client, or leave the firm.In a piece written for the Wall Street Journal titled “The Law Firm That Got Tired of Winning,” Paul Clement and Erin Murphy wrote that usually after winning such a high profile case, “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,” the two continued.In securing a Supreme Court decision on the side of their client, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, “we were presented with a stark choice—withdraw from representing them or withdraw from the firm.“They said that there was only one choice in this situation, “We couldn’t abandon our clients simply because their positions are unpopular in some circles.“Thursday’s ruling from the Supreme Court said that the state’s concealed carry law that required citizens to show “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry license is in violation of the Constitution, with the justices ruling 6–3 in favor of the association.The case centered around two men who applied for and were denied permits in the state for not providing a good enough reason for wanting permits.The two lawyers wrote that to some, the idea of a client being dropped is “strange.”“Many businesses …

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