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SCOTUS refuses to block order to move at-risk inmates at prison with high COVID-19 rate
The U.S. Supreme Court refused Tuesday to stay a judge’s order requiring the Federal Bureau of Prisons to release or transfer inmates at an Ohio prison who face greater risks if they contract COVID-19.
Could you be replaced by a robot lawyer?
Do you really need a human for the so-called human touch in lawyering, particularly when a big part of the job is convincing the client to be reasonable? Maybe not, according to some people who created apps that they claim help people accomplish tasks traditionally carried out by lawyers.
Since remote MBE won’t be available for July bar, Nevada plans for essay-based test
Considering social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nevada is going forward with a remote, open-book bar exam, which will be administered in July.
Lawyer accused of pulling gun on store clerk in social distancing tiff gets interim suspension
A Vermont lawyer has had her license suspended on an interim basis after she was accused of pulling a gun on a store clerk.
Law prof wins defamation award of nearly $1.2M in suit against rape accuser
A University of Minnesota law professor has obtained a defamation judgment of nearly $1.2 million against a former girlfriend for an alleged false accusation of rape.
Coronavirus pandemic prompts wave of ‘business interruption’ lawsuits by restaurants

Restaurants may often invest in substantial insurance coverage for their businesses, including purchasing “business interruption” coverage in case something beyond their control forces a shutdown of their operations. In mid-March, such an event happened: the coronavirus pandemic.

Afternoon Briefs: Man who recorded Arbery video faces charges; Flynn judge asked for response

Official explains charges against man who recorded Arbery video

The charges brought against the man who recorded the fatal shooting of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery represent a significant expansion…

Tennessee adds fall bar exam after reducing seating for July test, allows longer supervised practice
Seating is limited for would-be lawyers taking the Tennessee bar exam in July, so the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners has taken the unprecedented step of scheduling a fall exam to help accommodate those who didn’t get a seat.
Audit alleges 1 county attorney paid wife $126K bonus, another funded personal expenses
Mike Harmon, the Kentucky auditor of public accounts, announced Thursday that his audit findings for three prosecutors' offices will be referred to the FBI and the state attorney.
Supreme Court declines to block sex reassignment surgery for transgender inmate
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Thursday night to stay court-ordered sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate.
How to get paid quickly with online payment tools in the time of the coronavirus

Coming into the office to pay may not be a safe option for either your clients or law firm staff in 2020. Instead, you’ll have everyone’s best interests in mind when you offer your clients the ability to pay legal bills online from the safety and comfort of their own homes. It’s a win-win for both your firm and its clients.

Navigating a new era of virtual events during the COVID-19 pandemic
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Matt Homann, the founder of Filament, a company that designs and facilitates virtual and in-person meetings, about how to navigate virtual events during the novel coronavirus crisis.
Afternoon Briefs: Texas justice has COVID-19; 7th Circuit win for strip clubs seeking payroll loans

Texas Supreme Court justice tests positive for COVID-19

Texas Supreme Court Justice Debra Lehrmann said Thursday she and her husband, Greg, have tested positive for COVID-19. The couple got tested…

Law school still out of compliance with ABA admissions standard and dealing with fraud allegations
Texas Southern University's Thurgood Marshall School of Law remains out of compliance with an ABA admissions standard, according to a notice posted Wednesday by the council of the ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
Which law firms laid off lawyers and cut pay this past week? The announcements slow to a trickle
For weeks, larger law firms have been announcing layoffs, furloughs and pay cuts. The impact is widespread, with the legal services sector losing 64,000 jobs in April.

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