Kirkland & Ellis Favors Human Traffickers Over Gun Owners
Paul D. Clement served as the 43rd Solicitor General of the United States. Higly respected, Clement argued before the Supreme Court from 2005-2008 for President George W. Bush and then built a private appellate practice with a large win record.
As a partner for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis, Clement took numerous contentious cases before the Supreme Court including representing the plaintiffs in New York State Rife & Pistol Association v. Bruen, decided yesterday in the United States Supreme Court. Clement’s clients won and the Supreme Court ordered six states to end their concealed carry statutes that allow state officials to subjectively deny carry permits. The other states all have objective carry permits whereby gun owners, if they complete certain tasks, will get a permit. New York’s allowed the bureaucrats in charge to act with subjective discretion.
After winning the case, instead of getting congratulated by his fellow partners at Kirkland & Ellis, Clement was told to either abandon second amendment clients or find a new job. He is leaving the firm after a very successful career there.
For perspective, Kirkland & Ellis represented human trafficker and serial child rapist Jeffrey Epstein. In Epstein’s criminal trial, though the law firm did not directly represent Epstein, it certainly had some times.
Kirkland & Ellis is not representing accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein this time around, but the law firm and its alumni’s prints are all over his current criminal case in New York federal court.
Epstein’s criminal case history includes several Kirkland litigators, past and present, including longtime partner Jay Lefkowitz and former Kirkland litigators Alexander Acosta, now U.S. labour secretary, and Kenneth Starr.
With Epstein’s arrest on July 6 for sex trafficking, and a government investigation into a plea deal reached by Epstein’s attorneys in 2007, actions by those Kirkland litigators will likely receive fresh scrutiny.
In other words, Kirkland & Ellis is more comfortable representing human traffickers than law abiding American citizens whose constitutional rights have been infringed.
This is what happens when law firms go woke.
A Historic Moment
On a separate matter entirely, I continue to believe if Barack Obama got a Nobel Peace Prize just for showing up, Donald Trump deserves one for the Abraham Accord effort.
Yesterday, in Tel Aviv, Emirates Airlines, Dubai’s state airline, landed for the first time and will now make routine flights to Israel.
When I was a kid, I grew up in Dubai. I have never been to Israel in large part because until two years ago, you could not live in an Arab country and go to Israel. We were prohibited.
All my textbooks growing up were either redacted, had pages torn out, or had “Palestine” glued in on top of the word “Israel.” Until two years ago, you could not call Israel from Dubai. It was technically impossible to do so on landlines or cell phones.
Today, you can call Israel from Dubai, learn about Israel in books in Dubai’s libraries, and now fly to Israel from Dubai.
This would not have happened but for Donald Trump. He deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.