Paul, Weiss is 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.

New York Times Highlights Firm Efforts to Reunite Separated Families

The New York Times highlighted Paul, Weiss’s leadership in a court-ordered effort to find parents deported by the Trump Administration and to reunify families in an article on law firms’ intensive pro bono immigration efforts.

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Spotlight: Voting Rights

Paul, Weiss’s advocacy in important voting rights cases dates back to 1963, when the firm won the landmark Supreme Court case Gray v. Sanders, which established the principle of “one person, one vote.” That commitment continues today. 

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Spotlight: Civil Rights

For decades, Paul, Weiss has been at the forefront of legal efforts to promote civil rights and equal justice. Assisting Thurgood Marshall in the seminal U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education, the firm’s lawyers were instrumental in the effort to end racial segregation. Today, we are a leader in nationwide efforts to secure equal rights for the LGBTQ community, advance racial justice, challenge restrictive voting laws, and protect the rights of Americans with disabilities.

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Spotlight: Gun Violence Prevention Efforts

We are deeply committed to combating the gun violence epidemic. Led by our chairman Brad Karp and partner Chris Boehning, in December 2016 we took the lead role in forming the Firearms Accountability Task Force (FACT), an unprecedented effort by leading gun violence prevention organizations and law firms to use affirmative litigation to confront this national issue.

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Spotlight: Immigration, Refugees & Asylum

We have long focused on providing pro bono legal services to vulnerable immigrant groups, refugees and asylum seekers. Recently, this work has become even more urgent given the rising number of assaults on the rights of our immigrant communities. We have made it part of our strategic mission to provide a systematic response.

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Spotlight: Reproductive Rights

We have been involved in many consequential cases involving reproductive freedom, including broad-based challenges of recent state laws and regulations that have created unconstitutional barriers to a woman’s right to access safe, legal abortions.

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Spotlight: Criminal Justice

Our work in the criminal justice area is extensive and varied. We regularly represent indigent defendants in federal habeas-related investigations, petitions and appeals; have devoted tens of thousands of hours to capital cases; and have represented prisoners in landmark lawsuits challenging their treatment or conditions of confinement. We are also involved in cutting-edge cases, including one curtailing the use of eye-witness identifications in court.

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Spotlight: Empowering Nonprofits

We provide legal assistance to a wide range of not-for-profit groups and low-income business owners on a full spectrum of transactional, tax, litigation and contract matters.

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Spotlight: Family Law

We regularly partner with The Bronx Defenders, Sanctuary For Families and other advocacy groups to represent underserved individuals in family and appeals courts. Among other matters, we frequently handle disputes regarding custody and guardianship, as well as applications for civil protective orders in domestic violence proceedings.

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