Our firm is deeply committed to providing impactful pro bono legal assistance to individuals and organizations in need across a broad range of constitutional, civil rights and other public interest matters.
Paul, Weiss and co-counsel the Center for Reproductive Rights brought a legal challenge against a regime of Mississippi laws and regulations that have created unconstitutional barriers to a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortion.
In an op-ed for The New York Times titled “Stop Shielding Gun Makers,” firm chairman Brad Karp and litigation partner Chris Boehning discuss the statutory immunity of gun manufacturers and the problems this poses in reducing gun violence.
Paul, Weiss and co-counsel submitted an amicus curiae brief on behalf of 12 international and comparative law scholars in support of the Center for Reproductive Rights’ lawsuit challenging Texas’s omnibus abortion bill, Senate Bill 8 (SB8).
As reported in U.S. News & World Report, The Associated Press and other media, a Westchester jury acquitted Paul, Weiss client Selwyn Days of all charges, after he had spent nearly 17 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. Selwyn Days was convicted in 2003 of a 1996 double murder in Eastchester, New York. The prosecution, despite a messy crime scene, was unable to produce any forensic evidence whatsoever tying Selwyn to the homicides. Instead, the prosecutors relied heavily on a videotaped confession made after Selwyn spent 17 hours in custody and after six hours of unrecorded questioning.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence announced the settlement of a lawsuit against a Texas gun dealer on behalf of Sandra Mata, whose husband, Rudy Mata, was killed with a gun the dealer had sold. In 2015, Paul, Weiss, along with the Brady Center, filed the lawsuit in Tarrant County, Texas on behalf of Mrs. Mata against Pioneer Pawn Shop and its owners, Robert and Pamela Furr, for negligently providing her husband’s killer with the handgun used in the shooting.
Paul, Weiss achieved a precedent-setting appellate victory for two pro bono clients. In the first such appellate decision nationwide, the Second Department of the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division held that a person’s lack of lawful immigration status is “immaterial” to his or her eligibility to serve as a child’s guardian.
Paul, Weiss Obtains Temporary Restraining Order Preventing Deportation of Indonesian Christians in New Jersey
Paul, Weiss and co-counsel ACLU and ACLU of New Jersey filed a habeas petition and class action complaint in the District of New Jersey on behalf of a group of Indonesian Christians seeking to avoid deportation. That same evening, Judge Salas issued a temporary restraining order staying deportations pending further briefing.
Paul, Weiss advised pro bono client Community Outcomes Fund LP on the fund’s first closing. The private fund’s investment objective is to provide outcomes-based financing for private/public partnerships focused on addressing social issues, such as public health, education, homelessness and reduction of recidivism.
In Evenwel v. Abbott, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the "One Person, One Vote" principle under the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment allows states to use total population, not just total voting-eligible population, in drawing legislative districts.