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March 11, 2020

ABA President's message regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following message from ABA President Judy Perry Martinez was sent to members March 11:

The ABA takes the health and safety of our staff and members seriously; it is our first priority.

The ABA is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, U.S. state and local health authorities, and, when appropriate, public health authorities in other nations, for the latest updates and recommendations affecting our operations and programming.

The decision whether to attend an ABA event is a personal decision based upon your current health and in consultation with medical professionals when appropriate. As more is learned regarding the current conditions in a meeting or office location, the ABA will endeavor to share information, make decisions, and update this statement regarding whether an event will occur, or if an ABA’s offices will be directly impacted. You can check here for more information about ABA meetings that have been cancelled, and applicable cancellation refund policies. For more information on the coronavirus, please visit the CDC, WHO, and Johns Hopkins University.

The ABA is a source for more than information regarding ABA-sponsored events. We know that your clients and you need help in dealing with this outbreak. We are offering the following ABA webinars at no additional charge as part of your membership:

Monday, March 16, 2020
2-3:00 p.m. EDT

COVID-19 Top 10: What GCs Need to Know About Coronavirus 
Come to grips with the legal, strategic, and practical considerations crucial for general counsels and other legal and compliance professionals to consider in light of recent coronavirus(COVID-19) developments.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
1-2:00 p.m. EDT
COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Nonprofit Meetings 
The news around COVID-19 is changing daily and the situation seems to be getting worse, not better. What can you do now about the threat to your organization’s scheduled meetings and conferences, and what should you be thinking about as you plan for the coming year?

Thursday, March 19, 2020
12-1:00 p.m. EDT
Remote Working in a Time of COVID-19: Cybersecurity Issues You Need to Know 
What do you need to be aware of as the US response to COVID-19 shifts to one of 'mitigation' and encourages employees, including lawyers, to work remotely and with immediate effect? How will you and your firm keep your telecommuting secure and your clients protected?

We will be offering more COVID-19 programming over the next few weeks so look for future announcements. In addition, the ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness educates lawyers, bar associations and the justice system to help them prepare for and respond to disasters, and provides resources to assist lawyers and the public recover from disasters.

We will continue to monitor matters as they develop. I wish you, your families and colleagues the best as we progress through these challenges.