COVID-19

545 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Wrongful death suit alleges Walmart failed to protect employee who died from COVID-19
The family of a suburban Chicago Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday alleging that the store failed to take steps to protect its workers.
SCOTUS blocks deadline extension for absentee ballots in Wisconsin
The U.S. Supreme Court blocked a deadline extension on Monday evening for absentee voting in Wisconsin elections, ruling after the state’s supreme court barred the governor from postponing the Tuesday election.
Afternoon Briefs: Chinese human rights lawyer released; AG Barr orders increased home confinement

Chinese human rights lawyer is released from prison

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been released from prison after nearly five years in custody, according to his wife, Li…

NCBE announces more bar exam dates, and 1 state has allowed supervised practice; will more follow?

While law students advocate for diploma privilege, and a growing number of deans are asking state supreme courts to consider supervised practice for 2020 graduates, the National Conference of Bar Examiners plans to proceed with administering the bar exam.

Closure orders spark lawsuits from NRA, anti-abortion protesters and others
Across the nation, business owners, the National Rifle Association, would-be churchgoers and anti-abortion protesters are among the plaintiffs suing over state shutdown orders.
Supreme Court delays oral arguments for April because of coronavirus concerns
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it is delaying April oral arguments because of COVID-19 concerns.
Where and how are criminal defense lawyers making headway on COVID-19 bail motions?

“Releasing a few people at a time, after litigating pretrial release conditions, is frankly too slow. It’s important work but not nearly enough. Once the coronavirus enters a detention center, it’s too late; it will spread like wildfire,” says Aaron Littman, a clinical teaching fellow at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law.

Afternoon Briefs: Find COVID-19 resources on new ABA website; law firms aid coronavirus fight

ABA coronavirus task force launches website with resources

The ABA Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic is providing lawyers with resources on a new…

Legal industry loses 1,700 jobs in March
The legal industry lost 1,700 jobs in March, before law firms began to announce layoffs and furloughs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some law firms delay start of summer associate programs because of novel coronavirus
Some law firms have announced that they are delaying the start date of their summer associate programs and shortening their length because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Legal aid programs likely to be hard hit by drop in IOLTA funds, group warns
The National Association of IOLTA Programs is sounding the alarm about an expected drop in funds from Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts and other sources that support legal aid programs.
Afternoon Briefs: Seyfarth withdraws after controversial filing; law firm scammer seeks release

Seyfarth Shaw withdraws from suit after controversial argument

Seyfarth Shaw is seeking to withdraw from representing the U.S. Soccer Federation in an equal-pay case after a controversial court filing.…

BigLaw pay cuts and layoffs are likely to multiply, experts say; which firms are doing it?
Large and midsize law firms responded to economic pressures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic this week with pay cuts, layoffs and lower partner payouts. And it’s not over yet, observers say.
As exposed health care workers seek legal remedies, who’s liable for lack of personal protective equipment?

Doctors and nurses across the country are asking about legal remedies they may have because of exposure to COVID-19 and a lack of personal protective equipment, or PPE. Invariably, their main concern is the dangers to which they’re being exposed.

Above the Law founder David Lat is being discharged after COVID-19 battle
Above the Law founder David Lat tweeted Wednesday he is being discharged from NYU Langone Hospital where he was treated for COVID-19.

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