Alex Lawrence is an attorney at Morrison &, Foerster who works pro bono with the Center for Reproductive Rights. He has personally logged 650 hours fighting Texas HB2, a sham law that threatens abortion access for thousands of women in the state.
Alex’s work with the Center is profiled this month in the National Law Journal, which recently named him to its annual Pro Bono Hot List for his efforts with the Center.
Although the Texas case is far from decided, the team made national news this year when they secured a major victory in federal district court, as well as a U.S. Supreme Court order that prevented some of the law’s most harmful provisions from taking effect.
The Center’s senior counsel Stephanie Toti told NLJ, “We could not have achieved success in this case of great importance without the amazing efforts of Alex and his team.”
According to the NLJ, it is the disingenuousness of laws like Texas HB2 that motivates Alex:
Lawrence said the “lack of honesty” in the public discussion about laws that restrict abortion access motivates him to fight to preserve women’s access to abortion. “They say [the requirements are] for women’s health when everyone knows exactly what’s going on. It’s a huge ruse,” Lawrence said.
Alex has been involved with the Center’s work for more than a decade, having worked to fight additional abortion restrictions in Louisiana and Texas. He grew up in Tennessee, where his lawyer grandmother, Selma Cash Paty, spent years fighting to keep Chattanooga’s only abortion clinic open. The clinic eventually closed in 1993.
The full article is available on the National Law Journal site (registration required).