Public Health

521 ABA Journal Public Health articles.

An American health care lawyer’s perspective on the emergence of COVID-19
We knew this year was going to be an especially bad one for the flu. In its November 2019 issue, Scientific American, one of the country's leading science publications, included a twenty-page article titled "The Influenza Outlook", which highlighted the escalating threat of influenza for the year 2020. Unfortunately, at present, the emergence and spread of the novel coronavirus makes the flu pale by comparison.
A slew of federal and state courts suspend trials or close for coronavirus threat
The number of federal and state courts taking steps to thwart transmission of the novel coronavirus continues to grow. More than 25 federal district courts are pausing jury trials, following a trend that is still gaining ground in state courts.
The high demand for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic

From advising employers how to respond when an employee tests positive for coronavirus to counseling employees afraid of catching it at the office, lawyers are working around the clock to help clients navigate the uncharted legal waters sparked by the rapidly spreading COVID-19.

Mistrial declared after coughing, ill lawyer tries questioning witness via courthouse speakerphone
A Manhattan judge declared a mistrial Monday after an ill lawyer tried to question a witness from a speakerphone in a courthouse conference room and then acknowledged that he couldn’t continue.
County sheriff says deputies are stationed at home of man with COVID-19
The sheriff in Nelson County, Kentucky, says his deputies are stationed at the home of a man with COVID-19 to enforce a quarantine order.
Two more BigLaw employees diagnosed with COVID-19, including a partner in critical condition

Large law firms continue to grapple with the new coronavirus as employees are diagnosed with the illness.

A partner with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Louisiana was hospitalized…

Afternoon Briefs: McGahn case to be heard by full DC Circuit; judge blocks food-stamp rule

Full DC Circuit to hear cases on McGahn subpoena, border wall

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has granted en banc review of two cases…

ABA cancels more April and May meetings amid COVID-19 pandemic
The ABA has canceled several more meetings as a result of the coronavirus.
SCOTUS delays arguments while other courts suspend trials or close over COVID-19 concerns
The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will delay oral arguments as other courts were delaying trials or even closing in response to concerns about the new coronavirus.
Lead House impeachment counsel tests positive for coronavirus
The former lead counsel for the House Intelligence Committee during President Donald Trump's impeachment proceedings has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
More BigLaw firms close or require remote work because of coronavirus threat

More large law firms are closing offices and requiring work at home amid mounting concerns about the new coronavirus. Law firms are emphasizing that they can continue to serve clients despite office closings and remote work.

BigLaw firm asks all employees to work remotely following death of legal assistant with flu-like symptoms
Updated: A Davis Wright Tremaine staff member, who worked out of the firm’s office in Bellevue, Washington, was found dead Thursday after she’d left work Tuesday morning, experiencing flu-like symptoms.
How can prisons contain coronavirus when Purell is a contraband?

When Lauren Johnson reached for a squirt of hand sanitizer on her way out of the doctor’s office, she regretted it immediately.

In the Central Texas prison where she was…

ABA announces all-digital ABA Day, urges Congress to provide coronavirus relief to nonprofits and create task force
The in-person portion of ABA Day, scheduled to take place in Washington, D.C., from April 21 to 23, has been canceled because of the public health emergency created by COVID-19.
Amid coronavirus worries, how do law schools move online?

As more schools move JD instruction out of the traditional classroom setting, many are moving into uncharted territory.

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