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NBC News/MSNBC Legal Analyst Barbara McQuade to Speak at CLEO Virtual Event

Jul 28 2020
NBC News/MSNBC Legal Analyst and University of Michigan Law Professor Barbara McQuade will be the keynote speaker for the Council on Legal Education Opportunity, Inc. (CLEO) Virtual Class Reunion & Open House. Womble Bond Dickinson Partner and CLEO Board of Directors member Pam Rothenberg is participating in the team that is helping organize the event, which takes place from 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 20.

Jamie Stone in Law360: Access To Restricted Funds Could Save Struggling Museums

Jun 30 2020
Virtually no economic sector has been untouched by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the arts are no exception. With American art museums shuttered, revenues have plummeted and tens of thousands of museum workers have been laid off. More than a million more have been furloughed. Given this dire economic picture, art museums are looking for any relief to help weather the current storm. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Jamie Stone has written a new Law360 article on some short-term steps museums may want to explore in 2020-21.

Benita Jones Discusses Back-to-Campus Legal Issues for Colleges & Universities in COVID-19 Environment

May 28 2020
After months of adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic, college and university leaders are approaching the fall 2020 semester with a combination of optimism and uncertainty. While higher educational institutions hope to resume normal campus operations in the fall, a massive amount of preparation is needed to help ensure a successful transition back to campus. Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Benita Jones spoke at a May 21 webinar on “The Fall 2020 Semester and COVID-19: Do’s, Don’ts, Reputational Risks and the Legal Environment".

North Carolina Lawmakers Provide COVID-19 Relief

May 07 2020
On May 4, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed into law two bills providing important COVID-19 relief to North Carolinians, after the North Carolina General Assembly passed the bills unanimously. The relief package directs the spending of approximately $1.6 billion in federal funding and outlines important regulatory and policy changes to support North Carolinians facing challenges related to COVID-19.

PPP Safe Harbor Extended to May 14

May 06 2020
Borrowers now have until May 14, 2020 to decide whether to return Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds within a safe harbor period provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA released FAQ 43 on May 5th, just two days prior to the initial May 7th deadline, stating that the safe harbor period would be automatically extended for all borrowers to May 14th. SBA also noted that it intends to provide additional guidance on how it will review the certification prior to May 14th.

South Carolina Leaders, Including Sens. Graham & Scott, Gov. McMaster & Commerce Sec. Hitt, Discuss State’s COVID-19 Response at Economic Development Forum

May 01 2020
South Carolina is uncharacteristically quiet at the moment. Charleston’s normally packed restaurants are shuttered. Columbia’s Five Points area, which would be hopping with college students any other spring, is still. Even traffic along the I-85 corridor through the Greenville/Spartanburg area isn’t what it usually would be. But behind the scenes, a Herculean amount of work is taking place during the COVID-19 crisis to ensure that South Carolinians are safe and that the state’s economic engine will rev back to life when it restarts.

The Price of PPP – Guidance for Management & Boards on Mitigating PPP Risk

May 01 2020
As we have previously discussed in several prior Client Alerts, the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”), launched earlier this month as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”), is intended to mitigate, on an expedited basis, the economic crisis that many businesses are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the CARES Act was quickly negotiated, drafted and approved and the PPP was launched just days thereafter, it was obvious that many of the details of PPP would be clarified post-launch. What has been somewhat unexpected is how sporadic, inconsistent and vague much of the guidance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and U.S. Treasury has been since then.