Nassau County
Bar Association


April 10, 2020


Dear NCBA Members:


As we end another week in quarantine, I hope that you and your loved ones are remaining safe. I hope that you are beginning to find pleasure in spending your time getting something done that you wouldn’t normally have time for, whether that be discovering a new hobby, or maybe reconnecting with an old family member or friend. Also, don’t neglect to get some exercise. I’ve created a little makeshift exercise area in my basement with some adjustable dumbbells and a bench. If nothing else, just move around every day. It’s good for both body and mind.
 
As you might be aware, the NCBA experienced a few technical issues yesterday regarding the website and staff email addresses. Today, both are fully functional and restored to normal. If you have any questions, please contact our staff. The staff directory can be found on our website here .
 
As your local Bar Association, we are dedicated to not only providing you, our Members, with a valuable experience, but also aiding our community in times when they need it most. I am excited to report that we are close to announcing our NCBA COVID-19 Community Task Force, which will provide Nassau County residents with needed legal assistance during and after this pandemic. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact NCBA Past President Martha Krisel at kriselmartha@gmail.com .
 
In addition, we are working hard to provide you with a variety of engaging virtual CLE programs related to significant legal changes and updates that can be of use to you and your clients. As always, you can visit our website for CLE on Demand programs and the latest COVID-19 updates. 


As news develops rapidly, let me share some important updates that have emerged over the last few days:

·        NYS Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks released an Administrative Order on April 8 regarding additional protocols and procedures related to COVID-19. Click here to read the full order.
 
·        In response to Judge Lawrence K. Marks’ Administrative Order, Nassau County Administrative Judge St. George released an order on April 9 regarding virtual chambers protocols for Nassau County. Click here to read the full order.
 
·        Suffolk County Administrative Judge Randall Hinrichs also released a memorandum on court procedures and protocols. Click here for the full memorandum.
 
·        For County Court and Supreme Criminal matters, questions regarding file papers, and to request a case to be on the calendar, please email ncountycourtvideo@nycourts.gov .
 
 
·         Click here for Suffolk County Matrimonial Case Activities during the Period of Consolidated Courts Operations Effective Monday, April 13, 2020. Additional Suffolk County updates can be found on our COVID-19 resource page .
 
·         Click here for the Nassau County Supreme Court Matrimonial Parts Virtual Chamber contacts list.
 
·         Click here for proposed procedures for Nassau County Matrimonial case activities during the period of consolidated court operations.
 
·        Thanks to the Nassau Academy of Law, NCBA’s first ever Zoom CLE programs regarding COVID-19 took place this week. Please be on the lookout for additional programs in the near future, including our April 15 program which you can find additional information for further down in this email.
 
·        Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.14 addressing remote witnessing and the requirements needed to allow the signing of documents. Click here to view the full order.

Many lawyers have been asking about whether they can execute a Will without being physically present. Governor Cuomo has addressed this in Executive Order 202.14. We will have a video examining the concerns this may pose early next week.

COVID-19 NCBA CLE Programs

SAVE THE DATE
April 15, 2020
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Dean’s Hour: BIG CHANGES IN NEW YORK MEDICAID: An Overview of COVID-19 Procedures and the Impact of the 2021 Budget

Presented by Moriah Adamo, Esq.

Zoom access information and program evaluation forms to follow. The written material for this program can be found on our website under the CLE tab of our home page on the day of the program.

The NCBA is here to assist you; do not hesitate to reach out to us. Please remember to continue to follow CDC guidelines and urge the same for your loved ones and friends. I hope you have a relaxing weekend and remain optimistic about the weeks ahead. 

Regards,

Rick Collins
Richard D. Collins
NCBA President
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