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Protesters rally in front of John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Jan. 29, 2017. Photo by Seth Wenig/AP.

Two days before President Donald Trump issued the first of three orders in 2017 restricting the travel of people from majority-Muslim countries, Katie Marquart, pro bono counsel and director at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, got a call from a colleague at the International Refugee Assistance Project who made some dire predictions about the looming emergency in immigration law. By the time the initial travel ban order dropped on Jan. 27, Marquart says, more than 75 Gibson Dunn lawyers were ready to join a cohort of pro bono attorneys around the country who flocked to airports in droves to offer their assistance to travelers and their families caught up in the sudden legal crisis.

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Ben Seal

Ben Seal is managing editor of The American Lawyer. He joined the magazine in February 2018, and previously spent five years working for The Legal Intelligencer, editing the paper's magazines and supplements and reporting on Pennsylvania's state courts, legislature and Attorney General's Office. Contact him at [email protected] or @BSealTAL.

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