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Pro Bono Lawyers Face New World of Remote Work Due to Virus, Bloomberg Law

March 27, 2020

Morgan Lewis partner Dennis Gucciardo spoke with Bloomberg Law about the impact the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic would have on his efforts to counsel a pro bono client during a parole hearing scheduled for March 30. He discussed his initial plan to travel to the federal correctional institution in Otisville, NY, to accompany his client during the hearing, a standard practice. Because of the pandemic, Dennis planned to drive to the prison from Washington, DC, a five-hour trip, instead of flying. A few days before the hearing, however, Dennis was asked to participate by phone to help protect the health of the prison’s population. The logistical challenge, a first for the prison, would make the hearing more difficult. Still, with his support, Dennis’s client was recommended for parole.

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