Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 17, 2020

Harvard Law Students Urge Boycott Of Paul Weiss To Force Law Firm To Drop ExxonMobil As A Client

Medium, Harvard Law Students Shutdown Reception For Law Firm Defending Exxon’s Role in the Climate Crisis:

Paul WeissStudents push partners at Paul, Weiss to #DropExxon: “We won’t work for you while you work for them.”

Harvard Crimson, Harvard Law School Students Campaign for Law Firm Paul Weiss to Drop Representation of ExxonMobil:

Dozens of Harvard Law School students disrupted a first-year student recruitment event held by corporate law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP Wednesday night, calling on the firm to stop representing the oil and gas company ExxonMobil in ongoing climate change litigation.

Harvard Corporation member Theodore V. Wells, who works as a partner at the firm, was a lead lawyer for ExxonMobil. The firm did not respond to multiple requests for comment about the protest.

Shortly after the firm’s speaker came on stage, a group of students revealed a banner reading #DropExxon, according to a press release about the protest. They also chanted over the speaker, “We, students of Harvard Law School, will not work for you as long as you work for ExxonMobil. Our future is on fire, and you are fanning the flames. If you want to recruit us, then drop Exxon and join us in fighting for a livable future.”

First-year law student Carly Margolis said in the release that the students intended to send a clear message to the partners at the firm.

“Every year, Paul, Weiss holds receptions to recruit students like us – the future lawyers they need to stay on top of their field,” Margolis said. “So we came today to send a clear message to the partners at Paul, Weiss that as long as they are working to shield the corporate polluters wrecking our climate, we won’t be working for them.”

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It isn’t their manner of protest, JM. It’s their hypocrisy in living in a society that is made possible by the use of fossil fuels, and yet they think they should be able to deny ExxonMobil legal representation. Notice they are trying to force the law firm to drop XOM as a client.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 22, 2020 3:50:19 AM

Don't understand the negative comments on this. This is the perfect manner of protest for liberal leaning students. There is nothing in the world that requires them to work for a company that does not align with their views. Those complaining of their actions are the entitled ones, in that they assume Paul Weiss is entitled to Harvard Grads by right.

Posted by: JM | Jan 21, 2020 6:15:31 AM

I can hardly wait until facial recognition technology gets good enough that these people can be refused gasoline purchases at ExxonMobil stations. And then all the other service stations can share info on banned people, just like casinos do to card counters. "How can you tell who went to Harvard Law? ... They're the ones on foot."

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 21, 2020 4:30:27 AM

Another example of students acting like spoiled children

Posted by: jeff Montgomery | Jan 20, 2020 3:12:44 PM

Harvard Law School, where you're in the company of twits.

Posted by: Art Deco | Jan 18, 2020 9:56:17 PM

So are all the clients of the county public defender’s office good people? No. Some are, and some aren’t.

Are they all innocent? No. Some are, and some aren’t.

Under the U.S. legal system, do all deserve to have an attorney represent them? Yes. All of them do.

So does Exxon.

Posted by: Jacques Merde | Jan 17, 2020 12:48:33 PM

I can respect a liberal willing to protest away their limousine.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Jan 17, 2020 5:10:42 AM

Proving the Harvard Law students just aren't that smart.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 17, 2020 3:20:57 AM