Natural Disasters

Disaster response news from the ABA Journal, American Bar Association legal resources, volunteering opportunities and disaster helplines.

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Investment bank managing director discusses legal tech market and lasting impacts of COVID-19
Ari Kaplan recently spoke with Scott Mozarsky, a managing director with the Jordan, Edmiston Group Inc., a middle-market investment bank, where he leads its legal and compliance practice.
Afternoon Briefs: 1 murder count tossed in George Floyd case; DOJ lawyer turned away from courthouse

Judge tosses one murder charge against officer in George Floyd death

A Minnesota judge on Thursday tossed one of the charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the…

SCOTUS allows Alabama to ban curbside voting
Three U.S. Supreme Court justices dissented Wednesday when the high court allowed Alabama’s secretary of state to ban curbside voting.
Afternoon Briefs: Purdue Pharma will plead guilty; lawyers can’t find parents of 545 immigrant children

Purdue Pharma agrees to plead guilty over opioid marketing

Purdue Pharma has agreed to plead guilty to felony charges for misleading doctors, patients and the government about OxyContin and for…

Knowing when to tell your client no and other ethical dilemmas
One of the most important ethical obligations a lawyer has is knowing when to tell their client no. But how do you know when that moment has come, and how do you deal with it?
First-ever ABA Giving Day addresses COVID-19 and racial justice
A new ABA initiative is encouraging lawyers to invest in projects that “counter the impact of COVID-19 and champion racial justice across America.”
These BigLaw firms had the most partner exits; one firm says pandemic changed career plans
Kirkland & Ellis had the most partner departures this year among larger law firms, followed by Boies Schiller Flexner, according to an analysis of lateral partner movement by legal consulting firm Decipher.
Afternoon Briefs: Secretaries get extra bonuses at this law firm; AG Barr warns of liberal DAs

Secretaries at this law firm get extra bonuses; associates left out

Goodwin Procter will pay an extra $1,000 to all secretaries to recognize “hard work during these challenging times,” according…

BigLaw firm offers buyouts to staff members
Greenberg Traurig has offered voluntary buyouts to staff members at a majority of its U.S. offices.
Census Bureau announces end to population count after Supreme Court action
The U.S. Census Bureau ended its 2020 count Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court allowed an end to data collection.
Attorney urges other lawyers to use outrage over George Floyd’s death to demand policing reforms
Speaking on what would have been George Floyd’s 47th birthday, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump urged attendees of the annual Clio Cloud Conference on Wednesday to use the widespread outrage generated by Floyd’s death at the hands of law enforcement to demand policing reforms.
Firms of the future: COVID-19 prompts more law firms to pursue real estate downsizing
In recent years, a growing number of law firms reduced their brick-and-mortar office space as a way to cut costs and also better meet the changing workplace needs of their attorneys.
Sen. Booker complains of rushed nomination process for Barrett, notes Notre Dame profs’ call for delay
Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey posed a series of questions to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday, eliciting an unequivocal statement that she condemns white supremacy. But Barrett mostly avoided other questions premised on current events.
COVID-19 sparks rapid tech adoption that has helped lawyers weather economic downturn
COVID-19 has sparked lawyers to adopt technology at a much faster clip than previously seen in the legal industry and ahead of consumer expectations for doing so, according to cloud-based company Clio’s 2020 Legal Trends Report.
Democrats at Barrett confirmation hearing focus on health law, even as they label proceedings a ‘sham’
Democrats focused on the Affordable Care Act in their opening statements Monday morning at the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Disaster Response Resources
Volunteering Opportunities

Florida attorneys can visit the Florida Bar Foundation to find post-storm volunteer opportunities for legal aid and pro bono attorneys, or visit Florida Pro Bono Matters.

North Carolina attorneys can find info on volunteering on the North Carolina Bar's Hurricane Florence page.

South Carolina attorneys can volunteer for the South Carolina Bar's disaster relief legal service hotline by filling out this form.

Not licensed in those states but looking to donate your time or money? Check out ambar.org/DisasterRelief.

ABA Journal Coverage
Disaster Helplines

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is a national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

For low-income individuals with disaster-related legal needs, the following phone numbers are available:
North Carolina residents: 1-833-242-3549
South Carolina residents: 1-877-797-2227 ext. 120
Virginia residents: 1-804-775-0808 in the Richmond area, or 1-800-552-7977.
Florida residents: 1-866-550-2929.