Lawyer’s name removed from BigLaw website after joining Sidley Austin abortion help warning

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Lawyer’s name removed from BigLaw website after joining Sidley Austin abortion help warning

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A lawmaker who joined a Texas legislative caucus warning Sidley Austin of aiding illegal abortions is no longer listed as an attorney at another BigLaw firm.

Lawmaker Cody Vasut is no longer listed on the BakerHostetler site, Reuters reports. He had been described as an attorney at the law firm’s Houston office until July 14, days after Reuters reported his group’s position.

Vasut is a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, a group of Republican state lawmakers who sent the letter to Sidley Austin warning that his partners were breaking the law by reimbursing travel expenses for women who leave Texas for abortions. Sidley is one of several major law firms that cover travel expenses for abortions.

The Letter of July 7 warned that, to the extent that Sidley facilitates illegal abortions, “she exposes herself and each of her partners to felony criminal prosecution and disbarment.”

The letter also says GOP lawmakers will introduce legislation in the next session that would impose additional civil and criminal penalties on law firms that pay for abortions or abortion trips.

Sidley told its employees in a June 29 memo reviewed by the ABA Journal that the company would continue to provide assistance in obtaining legal abortions by its employees and those covered by employee health plans.

The company said it would reimburse abortion-related travel and “if necessary, related legal defense costs for our employees, regardless of their state of residence,” according to the memo released after the cancellation. of the United States Supreme Court. Roe vs. Wade in June.

Reuters could not reach Vasut for comment. BakerHostetler did not respond to inquiries from Reuters and did not immediately respond to an email from the ABA Journal seeking comment.

Reuters noted that Vasut has not filed a notice of change of status in the ongoing litigation.

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