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LOST CAUSE? - Law firm leaders have recently shown a willingness to stand up for causes they and their clients believe in. They’ve signed letters denouncing anti-Semitic attacks and opposing voter suppression legislation. They’ve spoken out about racial justice and the #MeToo movement, and many have acknowledged the role they must take in improving legal industry diversity and inclusion. So why haven’t we seen a similar outspokenness from law firm heads when it comes to Texas’ new restrictive abortion law, which essentially bans abortion after six weeks and allows private individuals to sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion that is barred under the statute? As Law.com’s Brenda Sapino Jeffreys reports, the silence is actually not all that surprising to law firm marketers and consultants, who say lawyers, staff and clients are divided on the issue. ”It’s just one of those issues that they aren’t going to touch,” said one firm marketer who did not want to be identified. “It’s a sticky wicket, isn’t it?” said Deborah McMurray, founder and chief executive officer of Content Pilot in Dallas, predicting that most firms would steer clear of making statements about the law itself but would likely represent defendants sued under the law pro bono.