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August 01, 2023

New book from the ABA details pandemics’ effects on vulnerable communities

CHICAGO, Aug. 1, 2023 – The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s recently published book, “The Legal and Social Ramifications of Pandemics on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties,” is a resource that helps lawyers, legislators and the general public understand the collateral implications of COVID-19 and how it affected the nation’s most vulnerable populations.

The book examines how to assess important efforts that are necessary to preserve, promote and protect civil rights and civil liberties during a time of crisis.

“As we started to understand the devastating effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted a timely guide that would help people understand what can be done to support largely underserved and historically disadvantaged communities,” said Claire Parins, editor of the book. “Thirty attorney experts from across the country describe ways to work together to address the enormous inequities in the aftermath of Covid-19 and to prepare for future pandemics.”

The experts explore how fundamental rights, including housing, health care, voting practices and religion, were challenged by the pandemic. The guide also examines:

  • How the virus heightened threats to immigrants, people with disabilities and historically disadvantaged students
  • The chronic underfunding of the Native American health system
  • The impact of the virus on Asian Americans
  • The role climate change played in the pandemic
  • How lawyers and governments can work to alleviate a pandemic’s worst effects
  • The need to increase access to justice in the courts
  • How to minimize the harms to incarcerated people
  • How to protect privacy and personal information
  • How to deliver economic relief during times of shutdown
  •  The future of public health mandates and what needs to change to better protect us all

Title:                        The Legal and Social Ramifications of Pandemics on Civil Rights and Civil                                   Liberties”
Publisher:              ABA Publishing
Pages:                    294
Product Code:       5170024
ISBN:                      9781639053698
Size:                       7x10
Binding:                 Paperback
Price:                      $59.95               
Orders:                   800-285-2221 or

Editor’s note: Author interviews and review copies of this book are available by emailing Katrina Krause at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Katrina Krause, ABA Business Law Section, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.