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October 19, 2018

Gibson Dunn Tackles Family Separation at the Border

On May 7, 2018, the administration implemented a “zero tolerance policy,” pursuant to which all adults found to be entering the United States illegally would be subject to criminal prosecution.  Furthermore, all adults who crossed the border accompanied by a minor child would be separated from that child.  Many of the individuals affected by this policy were asylum seekers who had been forced to flee their homes due to violence and persecution. By June, more than 2,300 children had been separated from their parents under this policy, leading to national and international outrage.  On June 20, 2018, President Trump signed an Executive Order meant to end the separation of families crossing the border by requiring preservation of the “family unit” wherever possible, while still maintaining enforcement of immigration laws.  However, the order did nothing to address reunification of the families already separated and the crisis caused by tearing apart these families and scattering them across the country, often without adequate methods to ensure reunification could be achieved. In this time of crisis, lawyers throughout the country stepped up and volunteered their services to protect the rights of these families.  Gibson Dunn is very proud to have been a big part of that effort. View the Newsletter
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June 6, 2018

Pro Bono Newsletter – Spring 2018

After an incredible year, we are proud to showcase some of the pro bono awards and accolades the firm has received over the last few months, which reflect our impressive efforts. Most recently, and most notably, the firm was named Pro Bono Firm of the Year by Who’s Who Legal. View Newsletter
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October 27, 2017

Pro Bono Newsletter – Fall 2017

Happy Pro Bono Week! At Gibson Dunn, we are dedicated to the idea that the most vulnerable in our society receive legal representation in times of need. Whether protecting constitutional rights, working on behalf of the LGBTQ community, spearheading anti-human trafficking efforts, battling slumlords, fighting on behalf of domestic violence victims, advocating on behalf of veterans, or engaging in extensive efforts on behalf of the immigrant community, in 2017 our lawyers have provided access to justice for those who could not otherwise afford it. View Newsletter
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July 27, 2017

Pro Bono Newsletter – Summer 2017

This summer’s pro bono newsletter reflects the very diverse range of pro bono efforts going on around the firm. These efforts include appellate advocacy, work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, advocacy on behalf of veterans, immigration work, and corporate advice to a variety of nonprofits. We believe this diversity is reflective of our free market culture, as our pro bono efforts are often driven by passionate associates and partners, who take the initiative to find a client or a cause they want to help. The common thread between it all, of course, is that it reflects a commitment and desire to give back to the community, to step out of our comfort zone, and to make a difference in someone else’s life. Read more...
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April 27, 2017

Pro Bono Newsletter – Spring 2017

Gibson Dunn’s pro bono work on behalf of immigrants and refugees over the last few months has been unprecedented in its scale and scope. The projects have ranged from emergency work by attorneys in the early hours after the first “Travel Ban” Executive Order was signed, to high-profile individual representations of immigrants facing deportation, to amicus briefs for dozens of firm clients advocating on behalf of core values, including a commitment to diversity. While the topic of immigration can spark intense debate and passion, particularly in the current political climate, Gibson Dunn’s pro bono work does not seek to advocate any specific policy position or further any political agenda. Instead, the uniting force behind our work has been – and continues to be – a shared commitment to protecting the Constitution, upholding the rule of law, and providing access to justice for all. As lawyers, we have a special ability – and indeed – a duty to influence and impact society, in the courts and through pro bono work and leadership in institutions that promote constitutional rights. These principles have always been a bedrock of what it means to be a lawyer at Gibson Dunn, and in the last several months we have been proud to work with lawyers from across the world to ensure that these values are protected in our society. Read more...
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