COVID-19

537 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Federal judge shuts down remote hearing after interruptions by listening audience
An Atlanta federal judge who allowed public access to a remote hearing on gun rights had to shut it down after interruptions from the audience—some of them intentional.
ABA Day Digital hopes to expand reach of advocacy
For decades, hundreds of ABA members have descended on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional representatives and advocate for legal issues on ABA Day. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated this tradition—but not stopped it.
Afternoon Briefs: First black female Harvard Law grad dies from COVID-19; food delivery apps face antitrust suit

First black female Harvard Law grad dies from novel coronavirus

The first black woman to graduate from Harvard Law School has died after contracting COVID-19. Lila Fenwick graduated from the…

Utah Supreme Court considers diploma privilege; will other states follow?

In a move being described as brave by some academics, the Utah Supreme Court has announced it will consider diploma privilege with no bar passage requirement for recent law school graduates, given that the coronavirus pandemic makes the July bar exam seem unlikely at this point.

Lawyer uses plastic covers on legal documents to make face shields for hospitals
A San Francisco lawyer has come up with a way to help provide much-needed face shields for hospital workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Texas abortion providers withdraw Supreme Court petition after new 5th Circuit decision
Abortion providers in Texas have withdrawn a Supreme Court application to allow medication abortions to continue in the state after a federal appeals court granted the relief that they sought.
Lawyers are dressing way too casual during Zoom court hearings, judge says
A Florida judge is reminding lawyers appearing in remote court hearings through Zoom that they should not dress like they are poolside.
Online estate planning sees surge during coronavirus crisis

“I think that everybody has a family member who is elderly or has been affected by this or works in health care, so it definitely hits close to home,” says Trust & Will co-founder Cody Barbo in this new episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast.

Public defender’s office delivers Easter lunches to homeless people amid coronavirus crisis
Homeless people housed in two Woodland, California, motels during the COVID-19 pandemic were treated to hot Easter lunches, thanks to the Yolo County public defender’s office.
Afternoon Briefs: Harvard Law prof drops ‘clickbait defamation’ suit; Trump campaign sues TV station over ad

Law prof drops ‘clickbait defamation’ suit after edits

Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig has dropped his “clickbait defamation” lawsuit against the New York Times after the newspaper changed part of…

Lawyer files complaint against county official accused of violating his own stay-at-home order
A county official violated his own extension of a stay-at-home order by attending his grandson’s birthday party, attired in borrowed firefighter gear, according to a complaint filed by a lawyer alleging personal use of taxpayer-owned equipment.
Firms mull postponements, cancellations and telecommuting for summer associate programs

“The students might be operating remotely, or the firms are not having a summer program, but they will pay the students some amount of money,” says Austen Parrish, dean of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

12 tips to market your law practice during the COVID-19 pandemic
Lawyers have a unique opportunity during the COVID-19 outbreak to capture new files and business. In-person events are out these days; however, web traffic is up 27% since the pandemic hit home, according to the New York Times. Now is the time to use a personal touch and double down on digital marketing.
Afternoon Briefs: Judge orders Michael Avenatti’s release; ATL founder David Lat stresses importance of ventilators

Judge orders release of Michael Avenatti because of COVID-19 outbreak

Michael Avenatti, the former lawyer of adult film actress Stormy Daniels, will be released from jail for 90 days because…

Emergency petition asks Supreme Court to allow medication abortions in Texas
Abortion providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to allow medication abortions in Texas through 10 weeks of pregnancy.

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