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Legal industry adds jobs for a second month after huge April loss
The legal industry added 7,500 jobs in June, the second month of job gains after a huge loss in April.
More law firms are likely to make some furloughs permanent, legal experts say
Katten Muchin Rosenman’s decision to lay off some furloughed staff members may be followed by more announcements of layoffs at other law firms, according to legal industry experts.
Despite an increase in coronavirus cases, Arizona keeps plan for in-person July bar
Despite public health concerns, Arizona is going forward with its plans for an in-person bar exam on July 28 and 29, but it will also offer a remote bar in October, the state supreme court announced Wednesday.
How effective are liability waivers in the age of the novel coronavirus?

As businesses reopen, the practice of asking customers to sign COVID-19 liability waivers is increasing throughout the United States, but it is uncertain how much weight those waivers will carry in court. And if the businesses aren’t complying with safety guidelines concerning COVID-19, they may still be found liable.

In light of COVID-19 public health interests, 2 more states opt for online bar exams
Massachusetts and Florida announced Wednesday that they will administer remote bar exams because of COVID-19 concerns.
Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw firm announces layoffs; judge’s TRO blocks Mary Trump book

Katten converts some furloughs into layoffs

Katten Muchin Rosenman has decided to lay off some employees it had furloughed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm is…

Oregon is third state to grant diploma privilege, while Tennessee cancels its July UBE
The Oregon Supreme Court approved temporary diploma privilege Monday, for in-state graduates and people who graduated from ABA-approved law schools with first-time bar passage rates of at least 86%.
Afternoon Briefs: PACER gets a redesign; SCOTUS turns down border wall case

PACER is redesigned to be easier to use

PACER, the federal judiciary’s website for electronic court filings, has gotten a redesign. The site has new navigational tools, simplified instructions…

Small businesses have COVID-19 questions, and the legal profession is working to answer them

Small businesses are struggling. It’s been more than three months since the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to shut down, send their employees home and get by on little-to-no income. “I think a lot of people, even as many big law firms and others put out webinars, still have questions that are personal to their organization and their business,” says Lana Kleiman.

SCOTUS rejects request to allow all Texas voters to use mail-in ballots
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an emergency application to allow all voters in Texas to use mail-in ballots.
COVID-19 hasn’t stopped this lawyer from advocating for wellness and recovery
It may often seem like most, if not all, of your contacts on social media are complaining about wearing face masks, having to social distance and adhere to shelter-in-place orders. Since the novel coronavirus hit, performing these tasks have become part of our daily lives. But it's important to note that you only have control of yourself, says lawyer and author Brian Cuban.
Afternoon Briefs: California law schools announce fall online classes; law protects monuments, state AG says

2 California law schools announce plans for fall online classes

Because of COVID-19 concerns, fall 2020 classes will be online at the University of California at Irvine School of Law…

Judge requests reduced charge for man who slapped his hand over face mask order, DA says
A Texas man who was shown on video in an altercation with a county judge and a hardware store employee over an order to wear a face mask saw his felony charge of assault on a public servant reduced Thursday.
Judges in 3 states testify in favor of continued use of remote proceedings post-COVID-19
A former California state and federal trial judge told Congress Thursday that COVID-19 has opened the judiciary to new technology, and he doesn’t expect that “we’re ever going back to where we were before.”
Remove underperformers? Increase cash? New law firm survey shows changing views
Law firms responding to survey questions about a hypothetical recession became more willing to take tough measures as the COVID-19 crisis worsened, according to recent survey findings by legal consulting firm Altman Weil.

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