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The Bar Exam and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Immediate Action

Angelos, Claudia; Berman, Sara; Lu Bilek, Mary; Chomsky, Carol M.; Curcio, Andrea Anne; Griggs, Marsha; Howarth, Joan W.; Kaufman, Eileen R.; Jones Merritt, Deborah; Salkin, Patricia; and Wegner, Judith W., “The Bar Exam and the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Need for Immediate Action” (2020). Scholarly Works. 1284.  https://scholars.law.unlv.edu/facpub/1284 “The novel coronavirus COVID-19 has profoundly disrupted life… 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

LibGuide – Legal Responses to Coronavirus

“Lynn McClelland has created a new LibGuide on the U.S. legal responses to COVID-19.  Many units of government at all levels have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid… Continue Reading

Presidential Powers and Response to COVID-19

Presidential Powers and Response to COVID-19. Lawrence O. Gostin, JD; James G. Hodge Jr, JD, LLM; Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH. JAMA. Published online March 18, 2020. doi:10.1001/jama.2020.4335 [h/t Mary Whisner] “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) modeling suggests that, without mitigation, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes… Continue Reading

ABA principles to better align legal education licensure to 21st century

“The American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Education today issued a set of principles and recommendations to more closely align legal education and licensure with the objective of better addressing the legal needs of the public and the nation’s access to justice problems. The commission outlined its set of principles in a commentary… 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

Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief

EveryCRSReport – Global Economic Effects of Covid-19: In Brief March 13, 2020 – March 16, 2020 – Since the Covid-19 outbreak was first diagnosed, it has spread to over 100 countries and almost all U.S. states. The virus is having a noticeable impact on global economic growth. Estimates so far indicate the virus could trim… Continue Reading

Could the 2020 Election Be Postponed? Only With Great Difficulty. Here’s Why.

The New York Times – “With Louisiana and Georgia delaying their primary votes, we answer six key questions about holding elections in a crisis. And no, a president cannot cancel an election with executive authority…” The coronavirus outbreak is inflicting new disruptions on the 2020 presidential campaign by the day, but few compare to the… Continue Reading

What your health plan will cover if you get coronavirus

Washington Post “In his prime-time speech, President Trump announced Wednesday night [March 11, 2020] that health insurers had pledged to eliminate “all co-payments for coronavirus treatments” and “extend insurance coverage to those treatments. That is not exactly correct. A broad swath of the nation’s private health insurers has agreed to waive the charges for a… 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

Why Soap Works

The New York Times – At the molecular level, soap breaks things apart. At the level of society, it helps hold everything together. It is advisable to maintain all the activities added to our routine during the pandemic, indefinitely. Washing hands throughout the day has always been advisable. If everyone thinks about the implications to… Continue Reading