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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

SUMMER PLANS – While Boies Schiller has chosen to proceed with its summer associate program, other firms, including Paul Weiss, are still undecided about any changes as they operate under work-from-home policies. Jack Newsham reports that Covington & Burling says it’s moving forward with its summer program as planned, but Sullivan & Worcester hasn’t made a decision about its four-student summer program. More will be revealed in the next two weeks, says Nathan Peart, a managing director at recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa.

CONFINED – As advocates push for judges to release vulnerable federal inmates during the COVID-19 pandemic under a provision of the First Step Act, U.S. Attorney General William Barr has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin identifying older and medically at-risk inmates for release to home confinement, as officials address the spread of the virus inside the agency’s 122 facilities. New York, Georgia and Louisiana have reported coronavirus cases among prisoners in their facilities.

ONWARD - The U.S. Supreme Court’s building is closed to the public, but the court’s work goes on. The justices meet for their private conference today, and among the cases they’ll review is Ohio’s challenge to a legal-fee award in an abortion rights case, Marcia Coyle reports. Ohio’s lawyers question whether Planned Parenthood was a “prevailing party” after winning a preliminary injunction. Lawyers for the reproductive rights group contend there’s no dispute that it was a prevailing party and entitled to legal fees.


EDITOR’S PICKS

‘Mild Improvements’ for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain

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Greenberg Traurig Gets Zirinsky Back, Builds Bankruptcy Practice as the Economy Staggers

How Hospitality Industry Lawyers Are Working to Save Companies From COVID-19 Disaster

How 3 Law Firms Are Using Tech to Respond to COVID-19 Disruption

Fintech Startup Carver Edison Welcomes First General Counsel Amid Coronavirus Outbreak


 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

ADJUSTMENTS – More publicly listed U.K-based law firms have instituted protective measures against stock market uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Krishnan Nair reports that The Ince Group has canceled an interim dividend and decided to delay the announcement of its full-year results. Meanwhile, Knights will reduce its board member salaries by 30%. Earlier this week, Gateley canceled its interim dividend.


WHAT YOU SAID

“We’ll feel the impact faster than Kirkland and Jenner would.”

William Quinlan, a Chicago-based litigator who runs a 10-lawyer firm, on the vulnerability of small law firms in the current economic climate.

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