October 09, 2017
Weil has been named the 2017 “Most Valuable Law Firm” by the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) in recognition of the Firm’s commitment to humanitarian work and its dedication to assisting the world’s most vulnerable refugees and displaced persons. These have included those fleeing violence in Syria and Iraq, survivors of torture and sexual and gender-based violence, persecuted religious minorities, LGBTI individuals, and U.S.-affiliated Afghan and Iraqi nationals. This inaugural award was presented to Weil Pro Bono Counsel Miriam Buhl at IRAP’s Eighth Annual National Student Summit on October 7 in New York in recognition of her pioneer role in organizing Weil's efforts.
Weil has a longstanding relationship with IRAP, working with the organization on some of the most urgent refugee resettlement cases since October 2011. In 2017 alone, Weil has contributed over 1,800 hours, with 47 attorneys currently working on 17 active refugee cases with students from five universities: Yale, Michigan, Penn, NYU and Fordham.
In addition to casework, Weil has been involved in supporting IRAP’s litigation and rapid response work this year. Following the first signed Executive Order in January, Weil attorneys rushed to airports across the country to help arriving refugees and immigrants, and attorneys are currently working on research for the IRAP v. Trump lawsuit now before the United States Supreme Court.
The mission of IRAP is to provide comprehensive legal representation to individual refugees seeking resettlement. IRAP has successfully resettled more than 3,600 refugees facing life-or-death situations, and the organization works with 29 law school chapters and has more than 75 law firms and corporations on the pro bono roster.