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910 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Why haven’t I received my latest issue of the ABA Journal yet?

The December 2021-January 2022 print edition of the ABA Journal normally would have already started appearing in ABA members' mailboxes. Now, though, you shouldn't expect it to arrive for a couple of more weeks.

State of the Profession 2021: BigLaw proved to be most resilient to COVID-19

Fears that COVID-19 would cause a prolonged financial blow to the legal industry did not come to fruition. Instead, many firms were able to quickly and effectively transition to remote working, which left them in position to assist with an array of COVID-19-related legal issues. But the industry’s successful transition to widespread remote working has not come without drawbacks.

ABA observers will share their takeaways from the UN climate change conference in Glasgow

Next week, ABA members who attended and observed COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, will share their takeaways from the annual summit and ideas for how others can get involved.

America’s fights over medical treatment choices didn’t start with COVID-19 and ivermectin

Like the legal profession, the practice of medicine in the United States is highly regulated. But it hasn't always been, and the idea that a person has the right to try the medical therapies of their choice has a much longer history. In Choose Your Medicine: Freedom of Therapeutic Choice in America, law professor Lewis A. Grossman introduces readers to a fractious history with some unexpected combatants—and comrades.

Weekly Briefs: New charges against lawyer accused of staging his shooting; Christian florist settles

Suspended lawyer Alex Murdaugh faces new charges

Suspended South Carolina lawyer Alex Murdaugh, previously charged in an alleged scheme to have himself killed for insurance money, is facing 27…

NRA’s lawsuit claims over closed gun stores are moot, 2nd Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has ruled that the National Rifle Association can’t obtain an injunction or damages for its members in a lawsuit over the closing of New York gun stores during the COVID-19 pandemic.

6th Circuit picked to consider 34 challenges to vaccine mandate; these plaintiffs filed initial suits there

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati was picked in a court lottery Tuesday to hear 34 consolidated challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

Are remote learning and burnout to blame for declining bar pass rates?

Bar exam pass rates dropped in July 2021, and some fear another decrease for 2022 graduates nationally because most candidates will have experienced at least half their legal education during the pandemic. Related problems mentioned by academics include getting used to online learning, isolation, anxiety and exhaustion.

Do face coverings help or hinder defendants?

Before her fall from grace, Elizabeth Holmes’ ability to court and charm establishment luminaries fueled her meteoric rise as head of Silicon Valley blood-testing company Theranos. In her ongoing criminal fraud trial, she might be hoping she can work the same magic on jurors. But could wearing a mask weaken her defense and make her less likable in the eyes of the jury?

Court lottery will determine which federal appeals court hears vaccine challenges

A lottery is expected to happen this week to determine which federal appeals court will hear legal challenges to the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

5th Circuit temporarily stays OSHA’s vaccine mandate for larger employers

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans on Saturday granted an emergency motion to stay the federal government’s vaccine mandate for larger employers pending expedited judicial review.

Weekly Briefs: ‘Copyright troll’ lawyer is suspended; law grad who married Japanese princess fails bar

‘Copyright troll’ lawyer is suspended in NY

A New York appeals court has suspended a lawyer once deemed a “copyright troll” because of the large number of

Supreme Court allows vaccine mandate for health workers that didn’t offer religious exemption

Maine’s vaccine mandate for health care workers, which doesn’t allow religious exemptions, is being enforced after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene Friday.

Pro bono work increased during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports show

As the National Celebration of Pro Bono comes to an end, several legal aid organizations are reporting that pro bono work actually increased during the COVID-19 pandemic as more remote volunteering opportunities became available.

New York sees decrease in pass rate for July bar exam

The overall pass rate for the July bar exam in New York is 63%, the New York State Board of Law Examiners announced Oct. 28.

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