Nassau County
Bar Association

April 8, 2020

Dear NCBA Members:

As we continue to navigate through this new reality, I wanted to take the time to emphasize the importance of maintaining your mental and emotional health. This situation is extremely difficult, and we need to remember to take care of ourselves. If you need someone to talk to, please reach out to us. The NCBA Lawyer Assistance Program is here for you if you are experiencing anxiety, stress, or other mental health struggles.

See below for helpful advice from our Lawyer Assistance Program:
Most of us are in week 3 of social isolation. Perhaps you have developed a routine that is working for you and you are adjusting well to this new way of life and work. Or perhaps, like many of us, you are struggling. It may also be that you are unsure how you are doing, feeling okay at times and stressed and fearful at others.

How do we know if we need help?

If you are experiencing any of the following, please consider reaching out to the Lawyer Assistance Program:

  • Difficulty sleeping, concentrating or making decisions
  • Feeling especially fatigued
  • Over or under eating
  • Difficulty controlling anxious or fearful thoughts
  • Irritability and lack of patience
  • Engaging in unhealthy behaviors such as excessive drinking, eating, gambling or other compulsive behaviors

These things can go from manageable to unmanageable quickly. Please don’t wait to reach out.

The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) is here for you. Beth Eckhardt, LCSW, PhD is offering confidential professional counseling sessions via, a HIPAA compliant telehealth video platform.

Reach out to other lawyers who are navigating these waters while continuing to practice law. Members of the Lawyer Assistance Committee are available to provide peer support.

We can all use some support right now!

Beth Eckhardt, LCSW, PhD

Henry Kruman, Esq.
Chair, Lawyer Assistance Committee
COVID-19 News and Updates

As always, the NCBA COVID-19 resource page is being updated with useful information on a regular basis. Don't forget to check back here daily for the latest news. See below for a few recent updates:

  • The National Conference of Bar Examiners has announced that the New York Bar Exam has been rescheduled to September 9-10, 2020. Click here for more information.

  • On April 7, Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence K. Marks released a memo announcing that beginning Monday, April 13, its virtual courts will begin to handle more than just essential and emergency matters. Click here for the full memo and see below for a message from Chief Judge DiFiore.
COVID-19 NCBA CLE Programs

Thanks to the hard work of the Nassau Academy of Law, we are continuing to bring you CLE from the comfort of home.

Don't forget to tune in to this afternoon's program. The written material for both today and yesterday's program can be found on our website under the CLE tab of our home page.

April 8, 2020
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
The COVID-19 Tax Relief for Small Businesses and Individuals: What You Need to Know
Please fill out the below forms in their entirety at the conclusion of the April 8 CLE program and email back to

I continue to remain optimistic that with time, this pandemic will be far behind us and we will be able to resume our daily lives and routines. I also know that this will teach us to take a step back and think about the things that truly matter to us. In the meantime, be sure to take care of yourself and your loved ones. Today is my birthday a strange one, and one spent at home, but I plan to enjoy as much as I can with my family and be thankful for what I have in my life. As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to the NCBA.


Rick Collins
Richard D. Collins
NCBA President