Spotlight Programs

Access to Justice in Light of COVID-19: Benefits, Burdens and Lessons

A panel of distinguished judges and practitioners will share insights and experiences concerning the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on courts, the business community, business lawyers, and law firms. The panel will discuss the particular challenges with maintaining and even improving access to justice during these challenging times.

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Privacy Twilight Zone: Returning to Work in the Age of COVID-19

Panelists will share their insights on privacy issues arising from the reintroduction of the workforce back into the workplace under new screening technologies related to social distancing surveillance and the bulk collection of COVID-19 data. Distinctions between government and the private sector requirements will be drawn, followed by legal issues arising from what type of data will be collected, where, how, and most importantly what happens to it under the age of artificial intelligence.

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COVID-19 Is Not Colorblind: Equity Considerations and the Impact of the Pandemic on Diverse Communities

Diverse communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 and they are facing a range of challenges: higher infection and death rates; lower rates of health insurance; a disproportionate share of arrests for not complying with social distancing policies; higher rates of job loss; and coronavirus relief measures which exclude some immigrants and other diverse communities. The novel coronavirus pandemic exposes long-standing disparities in health insurance rates, pay, employment, law enforcement, housing, and more.

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Fairness Gone Viral: Fair Lending Considerations for Financial Institutions Amid COVID-19

Members of protected classes, including and especially minority communities, are suffering outsized financial repercussions as our nation continues to grapple with the fallout of COVID-19. At the same time, financial institutions struggle to manage credit risk measures, which inevitably will have their own outsized impacts on members of protected classes. The intersection of these trend lines underscores the importance of ensuring that considerations related to fairness in lending and servicing remain top of mind.

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Anti-Racist Speech and Action: Where Does the Legal Profession and Amended Model Rule 8.4(g) Go from Here

This program will follow up on the BLS Black Lives Matter Statement and focus on BLS member attorneys discussing their experience and perspectives as African-American attorneys in law firms, corporations and the judiciary. The panelists will provide their recommendations for specific actions that the legal profession can take to address systemic racism, particularly within the context of Amended Model Rule of Professional Responsibility 8.4(g).

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Postponement of Olympics: Legal Ramifications and Considerations

A panel consisting of a current member of the International Olympic Committee, a former Olympian, and a notable Sports Law attorney will explore the many legal and other issues facing the International Olympic Committee, the Japanese organizers, sponsors, broadcasters, and athletes that arose from the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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