NEW YORK – In July 2020, a large team of Pillsbury professionals began work to provide the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence with research on possible gun violence prevention measures that could be taken through executive actions. The project, which yielded a substantial volume of closely-reasoned legal analysis, was the latest chapter in Pillsbury’s long history of pro bono services for Giffords Law Center, aimed at reducing gun violence in America.
Giffords used the research as part of the suggestions it provided the Biden-Harris Administration on actions it could take to reduce gun violence. On April 7, President Biden announced six executive actions to address the gun violence public health epidemic, among them a proposed rule to help stop the proliferation of “ghost guns,” a model extreme risk law released by the Department of Justice, and recommended community violence intervention investments, in addition to $5 billion to combat gun violence included in the president’s recent jobs bill.
The Pillsbury team was assembled by New York partner Ken Taber and New York counsel Matthew Putorti. The team included Roland Reimers, Shelbi Flood, Alton Hare, Alvin Dunn, Brian Beckerman, Stephanie Gomez, Aruna Chittiappa, Cecilia Wang, Alexandra Calcado, Michelle Ng, Jacob Axelrod, Mel Pudig, and multiple New York Summer Law Clerks.