COVID-19

648 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Afternoon Briefs: Judge orders shelter for homeless people; state must release execution drug info

Judge orders LA to find shelter for homeless near freeways

On Friday, U.S. District Judge David Carter ordered the county and city of Los Angeles to find shelter for…

Bankruptcy partner returns to Kirkland after leaving to pursue musical interests
Former Kirkland & Ellis bankruptcy partner Jeffrey Gettleman returned to the firm in late March, about a year and a half after retiring from the firm to pursue his musical interests.
7th Circuit denies emergency request to block Illinois ban on in-person church services
The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Saturday denied an emergency request by two churches to block Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order on in-person church services.
Law firm revenue takes nosedive during COVID-19, new survey data shows
Roughly 81% of law firms have seen their revenues drop during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 27% of firms in that category reporting they have seen business decline by more than half, according to a new survey by Martindale-Avvo.
‘Ready for battle’: Florida lawyer dons Grim Reaper garb to save lives during COVID-19 crisis

Nothing kills a buzz quite like a visit from the Grim Reaper. At least, that’s what Florida lawyer Daniel W. Uhlfelder is hoping. He recently began visiting public beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to raise awareness about the threat of COVID-19 and to continue his advocacy for a statewide closure of all public beaches.

Expanded online law school classes could continue under plan endorsed by ABA legal ed council
The council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar would have more authority to enact short-term, emergency policies and procedures for schools under a proposed law school accreditation rule change endorsed Friday by the council.
Afternoon Briefs: Open-industry legal platform tested; panel considers future of California bar exam

Tech platform pioneered by 3 law firms will synchronize legal projects

Three law firms have pioneered a new open-industry platform called Lupl to collaborate with corporate clients on complex legal…

Law firm told to reduce on-site employees sues for alleged ‘disturbing and gross abuse’ of power
A law firm that continued limited operation during the COVID-19 pandemic sued New York’s governor and attorney general this week after receiving a cease-and-desist letter telling it to reduce on-site employees.
Sotomayor statement highlights ‘disturbing allegations’ in geriatric inmates’ COVID-19 suit
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request Thursday by inmates in a Texas geriatric prison who alleged inadequate efforts to contain the novel coronavirus.
75% of associates surveyed say job security and pay cuts are top worry; who got hit this week?

As reports build of pay cuts, furloughs and layoffs at law firms, it’s understandable that associates are concerned. Now, a new survey of 1,335 associates quantifies the extent of their worries.

A dangerous limbo: Probation and parole in the time of COVID-19
Seven months after Tammie Lewis was granted parole, she is still in Marlin Transfer Facility waiting to go home. Officials won’t release her from the Texas state prison until she completes a six-month program focused on decision-making.
Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down state stay-at-home order issued by health official
The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the state’s stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that the health official who issued the order should have followed rule-making procedures that involve the legislature in decision-making.
What can law firm leaders learn from a pandemic?

It may seem like an odd proposition, but we must recognize that most challenges present opportunities to positively shape the future. The coronavirus challenge is no different, writes lawyer Susan Smith Blakely.

Animal law attorney discusses Netflix’s ‘Tiger King,’ legal issues related to wildlife trafficking

While quarantined with a bout of COVID-19 in her uptown New Orleans home, endangered species protection lawyer Carney Anne Nasser has had plenty to say about the controversy swirling around the Netflix docuseries Tiger King. Nasser talked recently with ABA Journal Legal Affairs Writer Matt Reynolds.

Afternoon Briefs: License yanked for barber who wouldn’t close; fired Walmart lawyer sues

Michigan suspends license of barber who refused to close

Michigan suspended the license of barber Karl Manke on Wednesday after he refused to obey state shutdown orders. On Monday, Judge…

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