April 02, 2020

ABA webinar explores COVID-19 issues affecting prisoners at serious health risk

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2020 —The American Bar Association will conduct a free webinar, “COVID-19 and the Compassionate Release of the Elderly, Infirm or High Risk,” on Friday, April 3 from 3-5 p.m. EDT.

Topics include the litigation and administrative efforts to secure the compassionate release of elderly and infirm prisoners in response to COVID-19. 

Speakers include:

  • Welcome remarks by ABA President Judy Perry Martinez, who is also of counsel with Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn in New Orleans, La
  • Michael W. Bien, partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP 
  • Margaret Egan, executive director, New York Board of Corrections 
  • Merf Ehman, executive director, Columbia Legal Services
  • Mary Price, general counsel, FAMM (Families Against Mandatory Minimums)
  • Miriam Gohara, clinical associate professor, Yale Law School; special advisor, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants (moderator)

The webinar is sponsored by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and the  ABA Criminal Justice Section.

To register for the program, click here.

The program will be recorded, and the link will be shared with all registrants. There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

Previous related programming includes:

New Jersey COVID-19 Jail Release Agreement, watch the webinar here.

Expanding Pretrial Release in the Age of COVID-19,watch the webinar here.

Additional reporter resources on the ABA’s COVID-19 response and outreach are available here

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