COVID-19

648 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Arizona will implement Thomson Reuters’ digital evidence platform statewide
Arizona’s court system will begin utilizing Thomson Reuters’ cloud-based court exhibit and evidence sharing platform to assist with the handling of digital evidence across the state, it was announced Wednesday.
Supreme Court reinstates requirement for women seeking abortion drug to get it in person
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated a Trump administration requirement that women seeking an abortion drug must pick it up in person at a hospital, clinic or medical office.
Law firms should not rush lateral hiring, due diligence expert says
With the shift to virtual recruitment amid the COVID-19 crisis, the speed at which law firms vet and hire lateral partners has increased, according to Michael Ellenhorn, the founder and CEO of Decipher. But Ellenhorn, whose company helps legal industry clients evaluate potential hires, says law firms would be wise not to quicken the hiring process too much.
Afternoon Briefs: 3 federal executions delayed; BigLaw partner resigns after sex harassment claim

Courts delay 3 federal executions scheduled for this week

Federal courts have delayed three federal executions scheduled for this week. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan of the District…

Law firms may be at ‘tipping point’ for change because of COVID-19 pandemic, new report says
Law firms learned lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic that could translate to permanent changes in the way that they manage their operations, deliver legal services and treat their employees, according to a report released Tuesday.
California releases bar exam results, and like many jurisdictions sees increase in pass rates
Out of the 9,301 people who sat for California’s online bar exam in October, the pass rate was 60.7%, according to a Jan. 8 news release from the State Bar of California.
How law firms can be—and stay—effective during the COVID-19 crisis
As it has done to other professions within the business community, the coronavirus pandemic has severely disrupted normal functioning in the field of law. From closed courtrooms to quarantined clients, we are dealing with a new and challenging set of issues. But with the right planning and a strategic approach, we can overcome these obstacles and continue to effectively serve our clients.
COVID-19 spurred more than a thousand workplace lawsuits in 2020, class action report says
At least 1,005 workplace lawsuits filed in 2020 stemmed from the COVID-19 pandemic, and more are expected in 2021, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s 17th Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.
There will be blood: COVID-19, coup d’etat and capital punishment

As America is left reeling from the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, the infamous last days of Donald J. Trump’s presidency will be remembered for lawlessness, incitement and a…

COVID-19 causes Federal Circuit to cancel arguments in Nintendo case
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has canceled oral arguments in Nintendo’s case over its Wii gaming systems after its opposing counsel contracted COVID-19.
BigLaw firm expands presence in Midwest with latest merger
Cincinnati-based Dinsmore & Shohl started the new year by announcing that it acquired Wooden McLaughlin, a 47-attorney firm that has offices in three Indiana cities.
Chief Justice Roberts praises judiciary for post-pandemic performance
“For the past 10 months, it has been all hands on deck for the courts, as our branch of government confronted the COVID-19 pandemic,” U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote in his year-end report on the federal judiciary.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, legal services providers find creative ways to serve older adults

Many legal services providers have worked in the past year to change how they reach and assist their clients, particularly those who are older and at higher risk for developing more severe cases of COVID-19. While some created or expanded their partnerships with community organizations, others moved their services online or outdoors.

Big changes for bar exam suggested by NCBE testing task force
Bar exams of the future should be delivered online as an integrated test with scenarios to answer questions from, rather than in, sections with different formats, according to preliminary recommendations released Monday by the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ testing task force.
What types of lawsuits were filed over COVID-19 in 2020?
Despite predictions made in the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, lawsuits alleging that COVID-19 caused physical or economic harm were limited in 2020.

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