By way of a agency spokesperson, Kirkland confirmed its determination however didn’t clarify its rationale for dropping gun instances. A key legal professional at Kirkland, Jon Ballis, mentioned he hoped the agency may proceed to work with Clement and Murphy on issues not associated to weapons.

“We want them the most effective of luck sooner or later and we look ahead to collaborating with them sooner or later in issues not involving the Second Modification,” Ballis mentioned in an announcement.

The bulletins, which appeared coordinated, emerged on the identical day that the Supreme Court docket dominated, 6-3, to strike down New York’s law limiting concealed-carry permits to those that can show a “correct goal” to have such weapons exterior the house. Clement argued the case before the justices in November, and Murphy’s title appeared instantly beneath Clement’s on the briefs.

Clement’s departure from Kirkland & Ellis echoes a similar episode about a decade ago when he left Atlanta-based King & Spalding after that agency moved to distance itself from Clement’s work to protect the Protection of Marriage Act, a federal regulation banning advantages for same-sex {couples}.

“I resign out of the firmly held perception {that a} illustration shouldn’t be deserted as a result of the consumer’s authorized place is extraordinarily unpopular in sure quarters. Defending unpopular shoppers is what attorneys do,” Clement mentioned then. The Supreme Court docket ultimately rejected his position on DOMA in a 5-4 determination issued in 2013.

After the abrupt break-up with King & Spalding in 2011, Clement joined a small, Washington-based agency specializing in Supreme Court docket litigation, Bancroft PLLC. That agency’s attorneys joined Kirkland in 2016.