The following information has been collected from both public and private sources to provide members of the legal community with resources to assist in the practice of law during the pandemic. If you have a resource you would like share please email information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABA - Review of legal and historical context for government authorities to quarantine foreign arrivals, force businesses to close and require residents to stay home in a health emergency.
ABA Pandemic Task Force - The ABA announced on March 13 that it is creating a nationwide task force to identify the legal needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs, and help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals for people who need help. Read an interview in Law360.com with task force chair Jim Sandman about how he thinks the pandemic will affect the legal industry.
ABA Young Lawyers Division - Resources for lawyers and law firms responding to a disaster or pandemic.
Bloomberg Law - Bloomberg has created a special resource page In Focus: Coronavirus, which offers news, guidance documents and federal agency information.
Clio - TBA Member Advantage Partner Clio has developed a webpage to help lawyers during the pandemic. It also has issued several guides: The Complete Guide to Working Remotely as a Lawyer provides practical tips for working remotely and a basic list of tools needed for remote lawyering, while What Technology Does Your Law Firm Actually Need? looks at the various types of tech products law firms should consider. Clio also has committed $1 million to help lawyers and legal professionals navigate new challenges of working remotely. If your firm is in need, learn more and apply here.
CQ.com - The legislative and policy news source has a Coronavirus Pandemic page that offers documents, transcripts, breaking news and more. Headlines can be viewed by anyone but access to the documents requires a subscription. CQ’s Fiscal Note offers a free nightly COVID-19 podcast and daily newsletter.
Fastcase - TBA’s Member Advantage partner Fastcase announced on March 26 that it has joined with “like-minded companies” to create the free Fastcase Peer Resource Center for COVID-19 with the goal of providing legislative and government updates as well as information about how COVID-19 is impacting the legal community. Other partners include Docket Alarm, Law Street Media, ALM (publisher of The American Lawyer, Law.com, Legal Week and others), American Immigration Lawyers Association and SKOPOS Legislative Tracker.
Holographic Will Option - In an effort to provide estate planning lawyers with a simple means of providing a client with a will that does not require a complicated remote signing and notarization procedure, this holographic will could be sent to a client with instructions that all blanks should be completed in the client’s handwriting. See In re Estate of Spencer, 23 TAM 37-64, holding that filling in a preprinted form in the deceased’s own hand is an effective holographic will if all the dispositive provisions are in the deceased’s sole handwriting. A more formal document then can be witnessed and notarized at a later date. Each attorney should talk to his/her client about effectiveness.
Knoxville Bar Association - The KBA has created this page to provide updates related to the COVID-19 virus. It also has a page dedicated to helping businesses deal with workplace issues associated with the pandemic.
Law Student Support for COVID-19 Cases - Attorneys across the country are working to ensure that those impacted by COVID-19 have access to appropriate legal services. In support of those efforts, a group of 300 law students, paralegals, and student paralegals have offered to provide remote pro-bono support. Examples of projects include research regarding paid leave policies, drafting for bail motions or supporting efforts to seek release from immigration custody. Attorneys interested in receiving student support on COVID-19 related matters should sign up here. Students interested in providing support should sign up here. Questions or concerns should be directed to Alyssa Leader, a student helping coordinate the pro bono effort.
Law.com - A free COVID-19 news site provides updates on law firm and court decisions to close or stay open and tips for working from home from remote lawyers.
LawSites - Legal technology guru Robert Ambrogi has created a list of resources for the legal industry, including legal product companies who are offering free use of their products or free trials.
Legaler - To help solo and small-firm lawyers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this Australia-based company is offering its secure online video chat platform free to firms of 10 lawyers or fewer.
LexBlog - The legal publishing platform has launched a site that aggregates coronavirus blog posts from its network. Issues include legislative and regulatory developments, legal issues relating to the pandemic, court actions, practice guidance and other legal developments.
Lexis Nexis - The Lexis Practice Advisor® Coronavirus Resource Kit addresses emerging issues related to coronavirus across a variety of practice areas.
Memphis Bar Association - The MBA has created this page to provide updates about courts in Western Tennessee as well as coronavirus screening questions for attorneys entering the jail to speak to clients.
My Case - Offers guidance for continuity planning and preparing a law office for a disaster.
My Shingle.com - Solo & Small Firm Practice In A Time of Corona Virus webinar covers issues such as the CARES Act, how to set up a remote working platform, tips for Zoom safety, and how to market in a sensitive way during these challenging times.
Nashville Bar Association - The NBA has updates from courts in Davidson County and federal courts in the Middle District of Tennessee.
National Center for State Courts - The NCSC has resources for state courts navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Federation of Independent Businesses (Tennessee) - Website includes resources for small businesses.
Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts - The Administrative Office of the Court has compiled resources to help state court judges prepare and navigate the coronavirus or other public health crises.
Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development - The agency's website offers resources for small businesses, employers and employees, including guidance on Small Business Administration loans.
Thomson Reuters - Offers a Practical Law Global Coronavirus Toolkit that includes practice notes, standard documents, checklists, and other resources covering a range of public health emergency and disaster preparedness topics. All resources within the COVID-19 section are available free of cost. Also has a free webinar “Legal Considerations in Responding to COVID-19” available on demand.
U.S. Congress - The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship offers this Q & A summary of the Paycheck Protection Act while the Congressional Research Services has this in-depth analysis of the tax provisions in the CARES Act.
U.S. Department of Labor - The department has issued initial information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers, which provides new emergency paid sick leave and emergency paid Family and Medical Leave Act benefits.
Tennessee Bar Association & TLAP - The TBA and TLAP will host a free roundtable discussion on personal well being during challenging times. Licensed therapist and mental health clinician Lindsey O’Connell will provide an overview of the human stress response system and how to modulate this survival instinct to improve mental resilience and reduce the harmful consequences of overwhelming stress. Her presentation will be followed by a loosely moderated discussion, so bring questions and topics related to mental and professional well being during the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here
When: Tuesday, April 7, 2 p.m., CDT
Where: Zoom Videoconference (a link to the meeting will be sent following registration)
Tennessee Bar Association CLE - Tennessee Law in the Time of Pandemic Disease is a one-hour CLE produced by the TBA and offered free to the legal community. The presentation looks at the latest information on what Tennessee lawyers need to know about the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include relevant state statutory provisions, applicable regulations and rights under quarantine or isolation.
Clio - Clio is offering several free webinars designed to help lawyers prepare to work remotely. These include:
- Working from Home with Remote Law Firm Technology
- How to Build a Virtual Law Firm (and Why You Should)
Lexis Nexis & BakerHostetler - Critical Legal Issues for U.S. Businesses & Their Counsel: A Free 3-Part Webinar. Each episode is 45 minutes long.
- Part 1: Managing Business Continuity Impacts to the Workforce & Workplace March 24, 12:30 p.m. CT
- Part 2: Navigating Challenges in Corporate Governance & Transactions March 25, 12:30 p.m. CT
- Part 3: A Primer for Health Care Providers, Life Sciences Companies, and Insurers March 26, 12:30 p.m. CT
Above the Law & Axiom - COVID-19: Reimagining Remote Work and the Future of Legal Culture
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