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ACUS Launches Webpage to Help Agency Adjudication Offices Navigate Coronavirus

“The Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS) is pleased to announce the launch of a new webpage to help federal agency adjudication offices navigate challenges posed by the ongoing national emergency surrounding COVID-19. The new webpage compiles relevant orders, policies, news releases, and other statements related to federal agencies’ responses to the ongoing situation. It includes current policies on a topics such as receiving physical mail, e-filing, and email workarounds; submission of voluminous evidence; electronic service of documents; extending filing deadlines; electronic signatures; restrictions on in-person hearings; managing telephone and video hearings; postponements; and appeals…”

Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak and Overview

CRS Legal Sidebar Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress – Legal Issues Related to the COVID-19 Outbreak: An Overview Updated March 30, 2020: “The COVID-19 outbreak has rapidly shifted the congressional agenda in recent weeks, while altering the daily lives of millions of American residents. Alongside the many medical, economic, social, and public policy… Continue Reading

The Courts and COVID 19

CRS Legal Sidebar Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress – The Courts and COVID-19 March 30, 2020: “The spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19 has prompted far-reaching responses affecting many areas of American life. As Americans strive to practice social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, the… Continue Reading

Project #keeplawopen 30-60-90

Via Dennis Kennedy – Project #keeplawopen 30-60-90 facilitated by #makelawbetter dot org Overview – Project #keeplawopen 30-60-90 is a proposal to: Make courts, lawyers, and law schools aware that we are here, we are available, and we are capable of providing them with solutions; By designing tangible recommendations for each group to continue functioning as… Continue Reading

CRS – National Emergency Powers

CRS Report – National Emergency Powers, Elaine Halchin, Specialist in American National Government, Updated March 23, 2020: “The President of the United States has available certain powers that may be exercised in the event that the nation is threatened by crisis, exigency, or emergency circumstances (other than natural disasters, war, or near-war situations). Such powers… Continue Reading

DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic

Politico: “The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the novel coronavirus spreads throughout the United States. Documents reviewed by POLITICO detail the department’s requests to lawmakers on a host… Continue Reading

ABA Free Legal Answers reaches milestone with 100,000 inquiries since launch

ABA Free Legal Answers: “An online version of the walk-in clinic model where clients request brief advice and counsel about a specific civil legal issue from a volunteer lawyer. Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state’s website. Lawyers provide information and basic legal… Continue Reading

LexisNexis Offers Free Comprehensive COVID-19 News Coverage

“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of information and analytics, today announced two free resources from Law360® and Lexis Practice Advisor® to help legal professionals, lawmakers and business leaders become better informed and successfully navigate the legal issues and intricacies surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). Law360 has launched a dedicated COVID-19 page containing… Continue Reading

These Judges Are Shifting the Appeals Courts to the Right

The New York Times –  Five takeaways from an examination by The New York Times reveal how President Trump has reshaped the federal judiciary. “President Trump made overhauling the federal judiciary one of his top priorities, moving with particular speed to infuse the highly influential appeals courts with reliably conservative judges. Working with his Republican… Continue Reading

Federal judge calls Chief Justice Roberts ‘masterpiece of disingenuousness’ in law review article

ABA Journal: “A federal judge appointed by President Bill Clinton is criticizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority for “undermining American democracy” by weakening the Voting Rights Act, failing to rein in partisan gerrymandering, and increasing the economic and political power of corporations. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman of Milwaukee airs his dissatisfaction in an… Continue Reading

Federal courts are canceling proceedings and restricting visitors amid coronavirus concerns

ABA Journal: “Some federal courts are changing or suspending some operations as a result of concerns about the coronavirus. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington has suspended all civil and criminal matters that require in-court appearances. Courthouses remain open for filings, according to a press release and coverage by Law360 and… Continue Reading

Georgetown Prof Explains The Rise Of Nonlawyer Navigators

Law360: “Each year, 30 million people lack legal representation in high-stakes civil court cases involving evictions, restraining orders, child custody and more. They do not have the statutory right to an attorney. If they cannot afford one, none is provided to them. Lawyers cannot close this so-called justice gap by themselves: Even if every licensed… Continue Reading