In this episode of Remotely Ethical, we discuss three stories that illustrate different aspects of physical presence in the practice of law, particularly during the COVID-19 era.  

Watch below!

First, we have an update on a short-lived federal lawsuit filed by public defender organizations in New York City to enjoin the New York state courts from reopening too quickly during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We discussed the lawsuit in our previous episode of Remotely Episode and our colleague Ron Minkoff blogged about it here and here.

Second, we discuss the first in-person criminal jury trial in New York since the COVID-19 crisis hit.  The trial originally began in March but was adjourned due to COVID-19. That trial just resumed in The Bronx, with the court implementing various social distancing precautions. You can also read Tyler's blog post about it here.

Third, we discuss a 1909 New York statute which requires New York-admitted lawyers who reside in other states to establish a physical law office in New York, if they wish to practice law in New York.  A bill has been introduced in the New York state legislature to repeal the statute, which by most accounts was  antiquated even before the COVID-19 crisis and which has now become even more obsolete and impracticable.  Nicole blogged about the proposed legislation here.

Finally, we discussed our Case Notes From Captivity, where we talk about something we are reading, watching or doing to get through lockdown.

  • Tyler's case note is that he is enjoying the new Perry Mason series on HBO. The show covers the famous fictional detective's origin story, including his unusual path to becoming a lawyer.
  • Nicole shared her first attempt at making pizza during the lockdown, including her discovery that there is a huge difference between pasta and pizza sauce.  She found an extremely simple but delicious pizza sauce recipe online. If you want to make your own "lockdown" pizza sauce, the recipe is below or you can read more detailed instructions here:

Simple Pizza Sauce Recipe:


  • 6 oz tomato paste (1 -6 oz can)
  • 15 oz tomato sauce (1 - 15 oz can)
  • 1-2 TBS oregano to taste
  • 2 TBS Italian seasoning
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ TBS garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar


  • Mix tomato paste and sauce together in a medium size bowl until well combined (all the lumps of paste are incorporated into the sauce).
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (oregano, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, pepper and sugar) and mix well!