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Can a disaster strike your law practice? Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security if you live in a region shielded from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or other big, high-profile calamities. Instead, get prepared.
That was the message delivered to the more than 600 lawyers who recently signed up for a free ABA CLE webinar, “10 Steps to Disaster Preparedness for Law Firms.”
The speakers were Bob Boyd, president and CEO of Agility Recovery, and Anthony Davis, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson in New York City whose expertise include professional responsibility and risk management.
Disasters — large and small — can happen anytime, anywhere and to anyone, Boyd and Davis emphasized. Instead of speculating whether another Superstorm Sandy or river flood is likely to hit your hometown, imagine the very real possibility of a small fire in a neighbor’s office and the resulting fire or water damage to your office. Or a power outage. Or a sudden, violent attack from a disgruntled client or former employee.
In short, Boyd and Davis’s message was to be prepared as much as you can for any crisis that can interrupt your operations, affect your employees and interfere with your professional responsibility to serve your clients.
Although the program promised 10 steps for disaster preparedness, each speaker offered his own set of advice. Boyd focused on suggestions for businesses generally, while Davis geared his insights to law firms.
Davis based his presentation on a widely circulated ABA online article, “Disaster Planning: What We Have (and Haven’t) Learned,” which elaborates on the 10 points and includes links to resources.
The webinar was sponsored by the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, which educates lawyers, bar associations, and the justice system to prepare for and respond to disasters; helps lawyers recover from disaster; and ensures that the rule of law is respected and protected in times of major disasters. A co-sponsor was Agility Recovery Services, which offers discounts for ABA members. The webinar was produced by the ABA Center for Professional Development, the ABA’s provider of CLE and other educational and training programs for lawyers.