News Update: March 27, 2020

Friday morning resiliency edition of the news business and law firm leaders need to know. A few bright spots in what’s been a gloomy couple of weeks:

Summer Commitments: Boies Schiller Flexner has written to its summer associates, committing to the program despite its lawyers working from home because of coronavirus. If lawyers are still working at home this summer, then the summer associates will too, the American Lawyer’s Jack Newsham reports. 

Miami Author Honored: Jaquira Diaz, who authored the memoir Ordinary Girls, has won the Whiting Award for emerging writers, which carries a $50,000 prize. Diaz had been forced to cancel part of her book tour because of the virus, the Miami Herald’s Connie Ogle explains.

Giving Back: South Florida companies are offering discounts, assistance and grace periods to help workers affected by the current crisis. Emon Reiser of the South Florida Business Journal summarizes some of the efforts. 

Grocery Heroes: They are the unsung heroes of this siege – the supermarket employees who are keeping shelves stocked and making sure sometimes cranky customers have all they need. A nice tale from Paul Takahashi of the Houston Chronicle. 

Arrests Plummet: Seems even criminals are physically isolating themselves. The number of arrests is down dramatically, partly because of fewer crimes but also because in many counties police are moving to a citation-first approach, Ana Ceballos of the News Service of Florida explains. Have to wonder if that approach will continue when the virus is gone.

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