• Pro Bono Client Obtains Vacatur of Summary Judgment Order

    Pro BonoLitigation

    Paul, Weiss achieved a victory for our pro bono client when the Second Circuit vacated an order of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Larimer and Telesca, granting summary judgment in favor of prison officials who allegedly committed due process violations and retaliated against our client for asserting his First Amendment rights.

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  • Pro Bono Client Obtains Victory in Article 78 Proceeding Against DOCCS

    Pro BonoLitigation

    Paul, Weiss obtained a victory for our client in her Article 78 proceeding against the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS). The victory secures for our client and her infant son admission to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Nursery Program and makes permanent the relief that she and Paul, Weiss previously obtained through an August 1 temporary restraining order.

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  • Pro Bono Client Obtains Permanent Residency Status Under VAWA

    Pro BonoLitigation

    Paul, Weiss successfully converted our client's U-visa status to one of permanent residency in a case referred by the City Bar Justice Center's Immigrant Women & Children Project. Our representation began in 2009, when our client sought to obtain U-visa status under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). U-visa status is available to individuals who have suffered significant mental and/or physical abuse and who assist law enforcement with the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.

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  • Preliminary Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Challenging Police Practices in NYC Public Housing

    Pro BonoLitigation

    As reported in The New York Times, the New York Law Journal and on NY1, a preliminary settlement agreement was reached on January 7 to end the New York City Police Department's improper and unlawful enforcement of criminal trespass laws in public housing.

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  • The New Yorker and USA Today Discuss Paul, Weiss Work on Marriage Equality in Mississippi Since Windsor

    Pro BonoLitigation

    An article by Amy Davidson in the January 5 issue of the The New Yorker  discusses the firm's continuing work for marriage equality since the firm's victory in United States v.Windsor resulted in a cascade of 35 states across the country where gay couples can legally marry. "The great achievement of Windsor has been to force states to explain why same-sex couples should be treated differently," and "the final fortress, with the exception of South Carolina, is the Deep South."

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  • Victory on Summary Judgment for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss achieved a significant victory for pro bono clients Fund for the Public Interest and the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group in litigation pending before Judge Roman in the Southern District of New York.  Judge Roman granted the Funds' summary judgment motion and dismissed breach of contract claims through which the plaintiff had alleged over half a million dollars in claimed damages.

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  • Chinese Man Living With HIV Wins Asylum

    Pro BonoLitigation

    Paul, Weiss has obtained asylum for an HIV-positive gay man from China, arguing that cumulative harms by government and society in areas such as marriage, medical aid, employment and ostracism can rise to the level of persecution. Our client was subjected to involuntary HIV testing, interrogation, threats and severe restrictions on his freedom and privacy. 

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  • Mississippi Judge Strikes Down State Laws Banning Same-Sex Marriages

    Pro BonoLitigation

    Paul, Weiss clients Becky Bickett, Andrea Sanders, Joce Pritchett, Carla Webb and the Campaign for Southern Equality won a significant victory when a federal court granted their motion for a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Mississippi laws that banned gay and lesbian couples from marrying within the state of Mississippi and that refused to recognize valid same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.

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  • TRO Obtained for Pro Bono Client in Article 78 Challenge

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    Paul, Weiss obtained a temporary restraining order for a client, two days before she gave birth, granting her and her newborn admission to the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility Nursery program, pending a final decision on her Article 78 challenge to prison officials' decision to remove her. Our client was accepted into the nursery program last spring but her removal was ordered by the facility superintendent in late October after she received a disciplinary infraction for breaking a small window.

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  • VOLS Wins Unemployment Insurance Case for Pro Bono Client

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    Paul, Weiss, through the Volunteers of Legal Service's Advocacy Unemployment Insurance Project, obtained unemployment insurance benefits for a client who was discharged from her job as a medical assistant after placing a blood sample in the wrong test tube. The New York State Department of Labor had initially denied our client unemployment benefits, determining that her conduct constituted misconduct; however, after a hearing the administrative law judge overruled the Department of Labor's determination and held that our client was entitled to benefits because she did not receive a prior warning about the mistake.

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