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Jeannie Rhee Featured in National Law Journal for Work on Civil Rights Lawsuits
January 6, 2022
Litigation partner Jeannie Rhee was featured in an interview by the National Law Journal on the anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection. Jeannie spoke about the firm’s recent work on three groundbreaking civil conspiracy lawsuits against several hate groups, including the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. She noted that Paul, Weiss has been spearheading this litigation since before the Capitol riot, including working on a civil conspiracy case on behalf of the Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, and the case against white nationalist groups who participated in violence against peaceful protestors during the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, developing a knowledge base and track record that has led to the firm’s high profile in the area.
Other firms have shied away from taking on these matters, because the cases are not without controversy and risk, Jeannie told NLJ. But “the firm has not shied away from taking these on, because we believe in the rule of law and in standing up for our principles and living those principles,” she said.
Jeannie also spoke about the impact of the pandemic on the practice of law, particularly on the next generation of litigators. “While there are lots of benefits that come with technology and being online, we do lose out on the old-school apprenticeship: sitting side by side, being able to look sideways and picking up on those soft cues,” Jeannie said. “You can’t replace that.”