COVID-19

579 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Indiana plans remote July bar exam, and Nevada considers open-book test
Indiana will have a July bar exam, administered remotely and shortened to one day, the state supreme court announced Thursday.
State justice blasted for saying COVID-19 surge was at meat plant, not among ‘regular folks’
Wisconsin Chief Justice Patience Roggensack is facing a torrent of criticism for her remark about an outbreak of COVID-19 during Tuesday oral arguments on the legality of an extended stay-at-home order.
Judge orders reopening of gun stores in Second Amendment challenge
A federal judge in Massachusetts has ordered the opening of gun stores in the state in a challenge to Gov. Charlie Baker’s shutdown of nonessential businesses.
Legal services sector shed a whopping 64,000 jobs last month
Legal employment is way down amid law firm furloughs and layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legal services sector lost 64,000 jobs in April, according to seasonally adjusted numbers by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Since April of last year, the sector lost 48,400 jobs.
The good and bad news: Firms continue to announce cuts, but it’s at slower pace
More law firms announced pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs this week, but the pace is slowing. Since the ABA Journal reported on such measures last Thursday, at least eight more law firms gave staff members and lawyers bad news.
If law schools can’t offer in-person classes this fall, what will they do instead?

Students may not feel safe attending courses because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s also true for professors, say law school deans, many of whom want in-person classes this fall but are making various plans they hope meet ABA accreditation standards.

SCOTUS refuses to block Pennsylvania order shutting down most businesses
The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to block enforcement of a Pennsylvania executive order that shuts down businesses if they are not “life-sustaining.”
What happens to gig workers when a California Assembly bill meets the coronavirus?
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the underbelly of the United States economy. With many Americans following orders to stay at home, gig workers have moved into the forefront of the marketplace. Delivery workers, truck drivers and other independent contractors are still going out into the world to work and to keep the world working.
Afternoon Briefs: Kentucky travel ban overturned; Wisconsin justices consider stay-at-home extension

Federal judge strikes down Kentucky travel ban

U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman ruled Monday that Kentucky’s restrictions on out-of-state travel are unconstitutional. The travel ban allowed travel outside the state…

Florida announces plans for July bar exam with masks and thermometers

The Florida bar exam will take place in July, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners announced Tuesday. Masks will be required for test-takers, proctors and administrators, and people coming from out of state might have to quarantine for 14 days.

An insider’s guide to succeeding in law school⁠—even during the COVID-19 pandemic

A law professor and his former student teamed up to give students a leg up on navigating law school in their new book, The Law of Law School.

Afternoon Briefs: 6th Circuit won’t delay inmate transfer; sheriff declines to enforce stay-at-home order

6th Circuit refuses to delay inmate transfer

On Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Cincinnati refused to delay the transfer of more than 800 medically vulnerable inmates…

If states want July bar exam, NCBE will have testing materials
Some states have postponed the July bar exam because of the COVID-19 pandemic. But the National Conference of Bar Examiners determined Tuesday that there will be a sufficient number of examinees to release July exam materials.
‘This is so boring!’ Unmuted listeners interrupt phone hearing over ICE courthouse arrests
A federal judge in Manhattan has threatened to end a phone hearing over courthouse arrests of immigrants after people listening in to the call failed to put their phones on mute.
California announces online bar exam, but how will it work?

If the novel coronavirus pandemic leads to online remotely proctored bar exams, controlled test-taking environments, one of the most equalizing factors, will be eliminated. Such scenarios raise questions about whether exam results would be fair or valid.

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