March 27, 2020
Dear NCBA Members:
Another week comes to an end, as each of us struggle with the personal and professional challenges imposed by the Coronavirus pandemic. It is important to remember and take some solace in the fact that we are all in this together: as a Bar, a community, a state, a country, and as citizens of the world. The leaders along with the wonderful staff of the NCBA are here to support and assist you.
While I am closely monitoring the situation throughout each day, it is still difficult to determine when so many aspects of our lives will come off “pause.” I have asked all of our committee chairs, co-chairs and vice-chairs to find alternative methods to hold meetings while Domus is closed and the staff is working remotely. The platform offered by ZOOM is a good choice and we are working to fine-tune our use of the technology. If you are unfamiliar with ZOOM, we will soon offer basic tutorial for you. I’ll send out information on that as soon as it’s available, along with a link on the website.
Meanwhile, the current pandemic has created great confusion and many questions among our clients and the community. Lawyers are in a unique position to help individuals and businesses navigate these uncharted waters. If you have an idea on a topic for a committee meeting relevant to the pandemic, please reach out to the appropriate committee chair(s). A ZOOM meeting or even a conference call meeting can be expeditiously arranged by Stephanie Pagano. Even remotely, the NCBA is a place where lawyers can get the tools and information to help their clients and members of the public.
Reminder: you should have received an email about our new
“CLE on Demand”
program. If you need CLE credits, you can get them from the comfort of your home and it is all free as a member benefit. Learn more right here:
While I am using regular emails to communicate important information to you, I’m also mindful that too many NCBA emails can dilute the recognition of their importance. So please go to our website regularly. Ann Burkowsky is posting relevant updates about the courts, NCBA matters, and lots more as links right here:
. Be sure to check in often so as not to miss anything.
Also, below is a memo from Judge St. George regarding updates and current plans for virtual courts throughout the state.
Meanwhile, follow the guidelines of the CDC, wash your hands frequently, don’t touch your face, avoid unnecessary contact, stay home as much as you can, and most importantly, look out for your loved ones. Stay safe and well.