COVID-19

579 ABA Journal COVID-19 articles.

Several states postpone attorney discipline hearings because of the coronavirus

Several states, including two of the top three states with the largest number of lawyers, have postponed attorney discipline case hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Klobuchar’s law prof husband is hospitalized with COVID-19

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced that her law professor husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized in Virginia.

Klobuchar said in a…

What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered in light of COVID-19?
Given that COVID-19 restrictions prohibit large gatherings for the foreseeable future, administration of the July 2020 bar exam seems unlikely, according to a working paper released Sunday by a group of legal academics. It calls for states to consider diploma privilege for 2020 law school graduates, as well as supervised practice.
New Jersey Supreme Court orders release of county jail inmates, with some exceptions allowed
The New Jersey Supreme Court on Sunday evening ordered the temporary release of inmates in county jails in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
Above the Law founder David Lat is put on a ventilator after COVID-19 diagnosis

Updated: Above the Law founder David Lat is in critical condition and has been put on a ventilator after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, according to a news report…

Federal judge includes ‘be kind’ advice in orders following COVID-19 pandemic
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg of Atlanta has some words of advice in an order outlining new procedures and extended deadlines in her courtroom following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Afternoon Briefs: ABA backs COVID-19 money for LSC; Larry Klayman files $20T suit against China

ABA president says LSC needs extra money for COVID-19 issues

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez is asking Congress to provide a supplemental appropriation for the Legal Services Corp. The cash…

Suspension of federal student loan payments available during COVID-19 pandemic
During the COVID-19 national emergency, borrowers can suspend federal student loan payments for at least 60 days with 0% interest, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday.
SCOTUS extends filing deadlines because of coronavirus outbreak
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday extended filing deadlines for cert petitions because of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Lawyer with early diagnosis of COVID-19 is recovering; another dies from complications
A New York lawyer who was one of the first people in New York diagnosed with the novel coronavirus is recovering.
Afternoon Briefs: Self-quarantined judge says COVID-19 not a hoax; Katy Perry wins copyright case

Judge who self-quarantined says COVID-19 isn’t a hoax

Judge Bobby Peters of Georgia doesn’t know whether he had the novel coronavirus. The Muscogee superior court judge came back from Atlanta…

How the coronavirus is upending the criminal justice system
California lawyer among those on lockdown in Spain amid coronavirus

Former State Bar of California trustee Joanna Mendoza and her family plan to remain in Barcelona until at least early April, which is when they hope to leave for Seville, Spain, to continue their European trip. However, she acknowledges their plans may change again because of the coronavirus.

NALP report shows historically high offer rate for summer associates; what’s to come?
Offer rates from summer associate programs reached a historic high of nearly 98% last year, according to a report by the National Association for Law Placement.
Several top law schools adopt pass-fail grading plans after going online
At least five top law schools have announced they are adopting pass-fail grading or giving students the pass-fail option.

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