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ABA sets up coronavirus task force to assist during pandemic

The American Bar Association is setting up a national volunteer task force to help with legal needs related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic will include as many as 20 people from  legal organizations in the U.S. The group will identify legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to meet those needs and help encourage volunteer lawyers and legal professionals.

James J. Sandman, former president of Legal Services Corporation and former partner of Arnold & Porter LLP, will be chairman of the task force. The ABA said his team will include representatives from the National Center for State Courts, National Association of Bar Executives, National Conference of Bar Presidents, Legal Services Corporation, National Legal Aid & Defender Association and ABA.

Their expertise includes disaster response, health law, legal needs to protect basic human rights, criminal justice, civil rights and social justice.

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Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at

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