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AmLaw Litigation Daily: O’Melveny and Hogan Rack Up Pro Bono Wins With Landmark Rulings

May 09, 2019

An O’Melveny pro bono team’s victory was one of two remarkable wins this week involving successful constitutional challenges in cases dealing with abortion restrictions and death row prisoners’ rights. O’Melveny’s Sean Trainor, Leah Godesky and Nathaniel Asher worked with the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and local counsel the ACLU of Virginia to win a landmark decision in the Eastern District of Virginia. On Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson found that a Virginia law mandating first trimester abortions can only be performed by physicians was unduly burdensome and therefore unconstitutional. In an interview, Asher and Godesky—both seasoned litigators with wide-ranging commercial practices—said the firm has a long-standing relationship with the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood. “If you look at O’Melveny’s pro bono practice, it spans the spectrum,” Godesky said. “Attorneys at the firm … are passionate about different things. I feel passionately about this.”