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1015 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Working remotely is now a top priority, says new ABA report highlighting lasting shifts in practice of law

Young lawyers feel so strongly about remote work that 44% of them would leave their current jobs for a greater ability to work remotely elsewhere, according to a new report the ABA released Wednesday.

Jury rules for Baylor in dispute over business-interruption coverage for COVID losses

Jurors in Texas awarded $12 million to Baylor College of Medicine last week in a dispute over whether its commercial property insurer covered COVID-19 losses.

Reimagining the OCI Process: What we learned from the pandemic

On-campus interviews have long been a staple of law firm recruiting. But when the pandemic hit, law firms, like everyone else, had to adapt by taking this time-honored tradition virtual—in many cases with great success.

Weekly Briefs: DOJ urges SCOTUS to turn down citizenship case; cop asks second justice to block vaccine mandate

Don’t accept citizenship case, DOJ tells SCOTUS

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a brief Monday urging the U.S. Supreme Court to deny review in a case on citizenship rights…

Weekly Briefs: Ex-officer pleads guilty in Breonna Taylor case; ex-BigLaw partner can’t shield 401(k) cash

Ex-officer pleads guilty in Breonna Taylor case

Former Louisville, Kentucky, detective Kelly Goodlett pleaded guilty to a federal conspiracy charge Tuesday for helping falsify an application for a…

Effective Law Office Design: Inspiring and enhancing workplace culture

A thoughtfully considered office has the ability to truly shift the tide, and a successful redesign starts with just one question.

Damages awards reach nearly 10-year high in employment cases, new report shows

A total of $1.17 billion in damages were awarded in 1,016 employment cases in 2021, representing the highest amount of damages in nearly a decade, according to a new report released in early August.

Why this BigLaw firm adopted a permanent work-from-anywhere policy for its lawyers and staff

As things are opening up again and people are getting back to how they lived before the COVID-19 pandemic, will that spell the end of the remote-work era?

Old friends and new celebrate at the first in-person ABA Annual Meeting since COVID-19 (photo gallery)

After being presented in an all-virtual format in 2020 and a hybrid format in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are celebrating in person for the 2022 ABA Annual Meeting.

Going Viral: Once unpopular, QR codes have taken off, thanks to the pandemic

When the pandemic hit, QR codes became very popular as people looked for a contact-free way to share information. Privacy advocates, however, see a darker side to QR codes. “Really sensitive information about you is being collected and monetized by the QR code-generation company,” says Nicole A. Ozer, technology and civil liberties director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California.

Judge on top New York court is now ‘ready and eager’ to get vaccinated; is chief judge vacancy a factor?

A judge on New York’s top court has announced a change in vaccination plans after being banned from the courthouse because of her refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

5th Circuit rules against children with disabilities who challenged Texas’ ban on school mask mandates

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that children with disabilities had no standing to challenge a ban on school mask mandates in Texas because they hadn’t shown that a favorable decision would redress their injuries.

Legal jobs continued upward climb in June; sector adds 92,300 jobs since pandemic low

The legal services sector added 3,000 jobs in June, according to seasonally adjusted, preliminary figures released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

House committee approves record $675M in funding for civil legal services

The U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Appropriations has approved $675 million in funding for the Legal Services Corp. in fiscal year 2023, an increase of $186 million.

Only half of class of 2018 law grads practice in law firms, NALP report finds

Ninety-seven percent of surveyed law graduates from the class of 2018 were employed, but only 51% were working in law firms, according to a joint study by the National Association for Law Placement and the NALP Foundation.

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