In the COVID crisis, the most impacted groups include the most vulnerable segments of our population. In this 3-part interveiw, Alexis Hoag first explains how prisoners are affected by the pandemic and how recent precedence informs their ability to assert their legal rights to access healthcare and safe conditions. Professor Olatunde Johnson then explores what some states have done to ensure access to essential services like utilities and broadband and delves into the pandemic's impact on contract and gig workers. Lastly, Professor Jane Spinak describes how family courts have been responding to the crisis and the important role lawyers play as advocates for children and families.
(This interview is a part of our "Law in the Time of Covid-19" collaborative series with Columbia Law School)
THE LAW IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 SERIES
Vulnerable Populations (current video)
ABOUT "LAW IN THE TIME OF COVID-19"
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its social, political, and economic effects, members of the Columbia Law School faculty came together in March 2020 to publish an ebook to help identify the key legal issues and provide guidance to policy makers. Spearheaded by Professor Katharina Pistor, leading Columbia Law professors explore COVID’s impact on all facets of our lives, including contracts, elections, bankruptcy, child welfare, the gig economy, and prisoners’ rights. Browse the Columbia Law School eBook: Law in the Time of COVID-19.