The coronavirus pandemic is upending how attorneys routinely interact with pro bono clients, making it rare or impossible to meet face-to-face in legal clinics, courtrooms, and prisons.
Pro bono organizations and their law firm partners are racing to patch together solutions and implement technology that will help them effectively represent clients including asylum seekers, prisoners, and crime victims.
Restrictions on gatherings and travel make doing this work more cumbersome for lawyers, especially in fraught areas like asylum and immigration. Many courtrooms are closed and hearings are delayed or have been moved to phone or teleconference.
Federal prisons have banned visitors, ...