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Is Biden overlooking Bureau of Prisons as reform target?

In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, a no trespassing sign is displayed outside the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden took quick action after his inauguration to start shifting federal inmates out of privately run prisons, where complaints of abuses abound. “It is just the beginning of my administration’s plan to address systemic problems in ...

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With evictions resuming, tenants scramble for assistance

People from a coalition of housing justice groups hold signs protesting evictions during a news conference outside the Statehouse, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON — The eviction system, which saw a dramatic drop in cases before a federal moratorium expired over the weekend, rumbled back into action Monday, with activists girding for the first of what could be millions of affected tenants to ...

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Civil Litigation: Are Zoom depositions making us all a little crazy?


The “new normal” of practicing law remotely has its challenges. Zoom depositions are one of them.  Preparation is tedious. Computer screens notoriously freeze mid-sentence. And how about those lawyers who love using the limitations of virtual testimony to feed helpful ...

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Jails emptied in the pandemic. Should they stay that way?

The Palm Beach County Main Detention Center on Friday, June 4, 2021, in West Palm Beach, Fla. By the middle of 2020, the number of people in jails nationwide was at its lowest point in more than two decades, according to a new report by the Vera Institute of Justice, whose researchers collected population numbers from about half of the nation’s 3,300 jails to make national estimates. But the numbers have begun creeping back up again as courts are back in session and the world begins returning to a modified version of normal. It’s worrying criminal justice reformers who argue that the past year proved there is no need to keep so many people locked up in the U.S.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

It wasn’t long after Matthew Reed shoplifted a $63 set of sheets from a Target in upstate New York that the coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill. Instead of serving a jail sentence, he stayed at home, his ...

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Pandemic jumpstarts technology advancements in legal sector


The COVID-19 pandemic has so accelerated law firms’ adoptions of new technologies that they have jumped ahead several years, says Christopher Rodi, partner at Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP. “It has really forced us to move five years forward in six ...

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Real Estate Law: New York adopts much-needed COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021

Ninteretse Jean Pierre

On April 16, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program of 2021 (the “Program”), which extends rental and utility assistance to low-income and moderate-income New York residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and at risk ...

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Civil Litigation: Are vaccine mandates legal?


Life is finally beginning to feel a bit more normal as our long journey out of the pandemic is hopefully nearing an end. Just last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo adopted the CDC recommendations regarding masks, and lifted many of the ...

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IP Frontiers: The TRIPS COVID-19 Waiver

Christina E. Brule, Esq.

On May 5, the Biden administration signaled the United States’ support for a proposed waiver of certain World Trade Organization (WTO) rules that require member countries to enforce intellectual property (IP) rights, particularly those related to confronting the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

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