This is something that doesn’t happen every day. The two lawyers who fought and won a case before the Supreme Court are immediately dismissed from their law firm. As it turns out the law firm Kirkland & Ellis had some pressure put on them and somehow could not find a set of cojones between them and announced they would no longer handle @nd Amendment cases. Then they told the winning lawyers, Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, if they wanted to fight 2nd Amendment cases, they had to resign.
But, don’t cry for Clement and Murphy because they will now be name partners in a new firm that they started and all the cases they had at their previous will now be theirs. And anyone with a 2nd Amendment will flock to them in droves. They also have an excellent shot at recruiting other top 2nd Amendment lawyers, which will allow them to accept more cases.
Clement and Murphy put out a statement:
“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.”
Congratulations!? Lawyers Paul Clement and Erin Murphy, who won Thursday's concealed-weapons case, leave Kirkland & Ellis after firm said it wouldn’t take any more Second Amendment clients https://t.co/shGkbI1yQL via @WSJ
— Jess Bravin (@JessBravin) June 24, 2022
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote:
“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”
Clement, who served as the U.S. solicitor general under President George W. Bush, and Murphy, also an experienced appellate attorney, were partners in the firm. But they wrote that they were resigned to leaving after being told they can’t take on Second Amendment cases.
“This isn’t the first time we have left a firm to stick by a client,” they wrote. “What makes this circumstance different is that the firm approved our representation of these clients years ago, and dropping them would cost the clients years of institutional memory. More remarkable still, in one of the cases we were asked to drop, we prevailed in the Supreme Court on Thursday.”