Bloomberg Law
Aug. 10, 2020, 8:51 AMUpdated: Aug. 13, 2020, 3:54 PM

Covid Pressures Change to Where Lawyers Can Practice (Corrected)

Melissa Heelan Stanzione
Melissa Heelan Stanzione

The Covid-19 pandemic is prompting calls to abolish a requirement that attorneys only practice in jurisdictions where they are admitted to the bar given the rise of remote work and other changes in professional life due to the coronavirus.

The pandemic has “forced the legal profession to acknowledge that legal service can be ethically provided to clients no matter the lawyer’s physical location,” said Kendra L. Basner, a partner with O’Rielly & Roche in San Francisco.

A handful of states relaxed their prohibitions prior to Covid-19, and other jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, have followed suit with temporary ...

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