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Daily Archives: May 5, 2020

Adapting to Remote Law Practice through the Pandemic

Cunningham, Lawrence A., Adapting to Remote Law Practice through the Pandemic: Essays from the GWNY 2020 Business Lawyering Class (April 20, 2020). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-22; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2020-22. Available at SSRN: or

“The coronavirus pandemic requires law schools to train students in the new art of remote legal services, to anticipate how this will change the practice of law and what it means to be “practice ready.” The accompanying essays, by students caught in the middle of the epidemic during an immersive training program, offer reflections and visions. Written by students at the end of their spring 2020 semester in George Washington University’s New York City (GWNY) business law program, the students explore how they must adapt their competencies accordingly.”

EU – States of emergency in response to the coronavirus crisis

European Parliamentary Think Tank – “With the first case of unknown pneumonia reported in the province of Wuhan (People’s Republic of China) on 31 December 2019, within few weeks the coronavirus (Covid-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020. Since then it has spread to most corners of the… Continue Reading

2020 Edelman Trust Barometer

“The 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals that despite a strong global economy and near full employment, none of the four societal institutions that the study measures—government, business, NGOs and media—is trusted. The cause of this paradox can be found in people’s fears about the future and their role in it, which are a wake-up call… Continue Reading

Telecommuting will likely continue long after the pandemic

Brookings: “The COVID-19 pandemic is, among other things, a massive experiment in telecommuting. Up to half of American workers are currently working from home, more than double the fraction who worked from home (at least occasionally) in 2017-18. Of course, some jobs simply can’t be done at home. But the outbreak is accelerating the trend… Continue Reading

Springer – Free access to a range of essential textbooks from all disciplines

“With the Coronavirus outbreak having an unprecedented impact on education, Springer Nature is launching a global program to support learning and teaching at higher education institutions worldwide. Remote access to educational resources has become essential. We want to support lecturers, teachers and students during this challenging period and hope that this initiative will go some… Continue Reading

Firefox 76 arrives with password management and Zoom improvements

Venture Beat: “Mozilla today launched Firefox 76 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Firefox 76 includes new Firefox Lockwise password functionality, Zoom improvements, and a handful of developer features. You can download Firefox 76 for desktop now from, and all existing users should be able to upgrade to it automatically. According to Mozilla, Firefox has… Continue Reading

Scientists Say a Now-Dominant Strain of the Coronavirus Appears To Be More Contagious Than Original

bioRxIV- Spike mutation pipeline reveals the emergence of a more transmissible form of SARS-CoV-2. Full text – May 5, 2020. “We have developed an analysis pipeline to facilitate real-time mutation tracking in SARS-CoV-2, focusing initially on the Spike (S) protein because it mediates infection of human cells and is the target of most vaccine strategies… Continue Reading

Virus-afflicted 2020 looks like 1918 despite science’s march

AP: “Despite a century’s progress in science, 2020 is looking a lot like 1918. In the years between two lethal pandemics, one the misnamed Spanish flu, the other COVID-19, the world learned about viruses, cured various diseases, made effective vaccines, developed instant communications and created elaborate public-health networks. Yet here we are again, face-masked to… Continue Reading

Fintech: Overview of Innovative Financial Technology and Selected Policy Issues – Fintech: Overview of Innovative Financial Technology and Selected Policy Issues, April 28, 2020 – “Advances in technology allow for innovation in the ways businesses and individuals perform financial activities. The development of financial technology—commonly referred to as fintech—is the subject of great interest for the public and policymakers. Fintech innovations could potentially improve… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Complaint on Trump’s Pandemic Response

Vanity Fair – “He was pressured to invest in drugs and vaccines that lacked scientific merit, because the people selling them had friends in the Trump administration, up to and including the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. He was forced to transfer funds to acquire drugs for the Strategic National Stockpile, America’s most important reserve of… Continue Reading