Columbia, Hofstra Law Schools Suspend Classes Over Virus

By Kevin Penton
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Law360 (March 9, 2020, 12:42 PM EDT) -- Columbia Law School, Fordham University School of Law and Hofstra University's Maurice A. Deane School of Law suspended classes on Monday, with a student at Columbia and Hofstra each coming into contact with an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, officials have announced.

Both individuals are being tested for the novel coronavirus, with the Hofstra student exhibiting flu-like symptoms and the Columbia student not exhibiting any signs of illness, according to statements on Sunday by Columbia President Lee Bollinger and on Monday by Hofstra University.

Columbia and Fordham each plan to also shutter classes on Tuesday, before transitioning to remote instruction through the end of the week, according to the announcements by Bollinger and by Fordham.

"Please understand that the decision to suspend classes does not mean that the university is shutting down," Bollinger said. "All non-classroom activities, including research, will continue in accordance with the new travel and events restrictions announced recently."

There are no confirmed COVID-19 cases at Fordham, the school said Monday.

New York Law School was back in operation on Monday, after test results came back negative for a student who came into contact with the Lewis & Garbuz PC attorney whom officials announced last week had been diagnosed with the new coronavirus. The school closed its campus on Wednesday and conducted a "deep cleaning and disinfecting."

Yeshiva University, which the son of the Lewis & Garbuz attorney attends as an undergraduate, announced Sunday that an adjunct professor who has not been on the campus for approximately three weeks has tested positive for COVID-19.

Undergraduate classes at the school's Beren and Wilf campuses are canceled through March 16, according to the university. Its law school, Cardozo Law School, remains open, according to the announcement.

The University of Washington and Stanford University announced last week that they would shift classes online this week for all its schools, including their law schools, through the end of their winter semesters later this month.

Princeton University, which does not have a law school, also announced Monday that it will shift to mandatory remote instruction once students return from spring break on March 23.

A Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner based in the firm's New York City office tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the firm said Sunday, adding that it will have personnel at the office work from home for the next week.

Quinn Emanuel said it received results over the weekend showing the male partner had tested positive for COVID-19. His symptoms are minor and he is resting at home, according to the firm.

The partner had been home since March 2 "because of reported infections in his religious community in Westchester County," the firm said.

--Additional reporting by Martin Bricketto and Emma Cueto. Editing by Katherine Rautenberg.

Update: This article has been updated with additional information on school closures.

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