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Saturday, February 8, 2020

First Harvard, Now Yale. Law Students Want Paul Weiss to #DropExxon

Following up on my previous post, Harvard Law Students Urge Boycott Of Paul Weiss To Force Law Firm To Drop ExxonMobil As A Client:  Karen Sloan (Law.com), First Harvard, Now Yale. Law Students Want Paul Weiss to #DropExxon:

Paul WeissStudents from two of the county’s most elite law schools have banded together to launch a national campaign to pressure Paul Weiss to drop ExxonMobil as a client.

A group of Harvard and Yale law students are asking counterparts at other law schools to sign a pledge that they will not interview for summer associate positions or work for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison until the firm no longer represents the oil and gas giant. They say the firm’s representation of Exxon in a series of climate change lawsuits makes it complicit in the planet’s destruction.

“As future lawyers, we have a choice,” the pledge reads. “Will we commit ourselves to enabling corporations to continue putting human civilization at risk of climate catastrophe? Or will we dedicate our careers to making a positive impact in our communities and helping build a more just and sustainable future?”

The #DropExxon organizers are also encouraging students at other law schools to protest the firm at its recruiting events, which typically target first-year students and are intended to encourage them to interview with the firm during the on-campus interview season at the start of their second year. ...

n a prepared statement, Paul Weiss chairman Brad Karp stood by the firm’s work for Exxon. “We are proud of the outstanding work we do for a wide range of commercial and pro bono clients in their most challenging and high-profile matters, including our recent defense of ExxonMobil in a securities fraud case in which the court found, after trial, that plaintiff’s claims were entirely without merit,” Karp said. “Paul, Weiss is committed to free speech and debate, just as we are committed to the principle that we represent our clients and safeguard the rule of law zealously and to the best of our abilities.”

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/02/first-harvard-now-yale-law-students-want-paul-weiss-to-dropexxon.html

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Comments

Food for thought on "secondary boycotts."

Posted by: Anand Desai | Feb 8, 2020 8:48:50 AM

Firms (and judges) would be wise to shift their hiring focus hiring to schools that produce hungry, less entitled graduates who are grateful for, and actually want to do, the job. Chicago comes to mind, but you can find excellent schools all the way down the top 100 to fill the need.

Posted by: Anon | Feb 8, 2020 9:24:43 AM

How many students are taking the pledge? probably not too many who would have wanted to work at Paul Weiss in the first place.

Posted by: William Wallace | Feb 8, 2020 7:31:39 PM

I keep a running list of universities From which I no longer hire. Every Ivy League school has found its way onto that list - largely because the universities produce graduates who routinely are unable to think. Which, I suspect, is the point of the actual universities.

Posted by: Casual Observer | Feb 9, 2020 4:19:46 AM

"Students"? Name them.

Posted by: Some law talking guy | Feb 9, 2020 4:38:25 AM

Sure, drop all the energy companies, that’s a great way to discover alternate energy sources

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Feb 9, 2020 5:21:47 AM

Did these future lawyers miss the part wherein everyone is entitled to representation, and we can inflict profound evil on discrete groups when we decide that they do not deserve the services of an attorney in a court of law?

Posted by: Bridget | Feb 9, 2020 6:21:17 AM

How much longer before #DropUSAConstitution for impeding #ClimateJustice ?

Posted by: Hanuman | Feb 9, 2020 7:26:15 AM

Yale and Harvard are now training naive little waifs. They seem to think they are soo valuable and well educated that they can dictate the term and conditions. How foolish,

Posted by: Rick Caird | Feb 9, 2020 9:04:46 AM

The "best" law schools are creating some fine openings for real students of the law.

Posted by: whsmith | Feb 9, 2020 1:26:58 PM

Wait until facial recognition tech gets good enough that business entities can boycott selling their products to individuals who've chosen to be their antagonists.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Feb 10, 2020 3:28:07 AM

“Hungry” for “the job”? Having ethics doesn’t make you entitled. Hungry maybe, but not for that bullshit corrupt racket.

Posted by: Ignatius Reilly | Feb 10, 2020 2:10:25 PM