The Boston Bar Association remains committed to continuing to serve our members, the legal profession, the justice system and the Greater Boston community as we face the challenges brought on by the rapid spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. This page will be frequently updated with news and information of importance to the legal community, timely content from BBA Sections and Forums, and resources that are being developed by our partners.

BBA Updates

Thursday, March 19th: A Message to Members from BBA President Christine Netski – Read Here

Wednesday, March 11th: An Update from the Boston Bar Association on COVID-19  – Read Here

BBA Resources

BBA Immigration Law Section COVID-19 Resource Guide for Practitioners – View guide 

BBA Health Law Section COVID-19 Resource Guide for Practitioners –  View guide 

BBA Privacy, Cybersecurity & Digital Law Section Developed Resource Guide for Practitioners – View guide 

BBA Lawyer Referral Service Fact Sheets:

Upcoming Webinars

Digital Accessibility Priorities in Times of Transition
Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Jury Trials in the Age of Social Media
Thursday, April 2, 2020 12:00 PM to 1:00PM

Navigating Operational Issues for Life Sciences Companies During the Covid-19 Crisis
Friday, April 3, 2020 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Renewable Energy Interconnection: Challenges, Opportunities
Monday, April 6, 2020 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

View the BBA Learn Online Library for On-Demand Access to Hundreds of Programs & Materials Covering All Practice Areas and Industry Specialties – Watch Now

Upcoming Webinars

March 31, 2020: Nutter Presents – CARES Act: What You Need to Know Now. Register.

March 31, 2020: Morgan Lewis Presents – COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Updates: Hospice, Home Health and Nursing Homes. Register.

April 1, 2020: Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Presents – Workers Rights and Earned Sick Time Webinar. Register.

April 2, 2020: MyCase Presents – How to Run Your Law Firm Remotely During COVID-19. Register.

April 2, 2020: Morgan Lewis Presents – COVID-19 Healthcare Provider Updates: Physician Practices. Register.

April 3, 2020: LawPay Presents – Effective Ethical Behaviors in the Pursuit of Conflict Resolution. Register.

April 3, 2020: Nutter Presents – Navigating COVID-19 for Community Banks. Register.

April 6, 2020: Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Presents – When You Turn 18. Register.

April 7, 2020: Clio Presents – Disaster and Succession Planning for Law Firms: How to Prepare for Unpredictable Events. Register.

April 7, 2020: Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Presents – Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities. Register.

April 10, 2020: LawPay Presents – Client Relations and Law Firm Finances. Register.

Publications

CLIENT ALERT: U.S. Department of Labor Updates Q&A on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Morgan, Brown, & Joy

Client Alert: Charities, Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals Eligible for Forgivable Loans Under the CARES Act – Casner & Edwards

COVID-19 Security Alert: 10 Reminders for Employees Working Remotely – Nutter

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – Robins Kaplan

CARES Act Provides Payroll Relief and Compensation Restrictions – Skadden

Update for Employers on the First Coronavirus Response Act Effective April 1 – Peabody Arnold

EPA’s Temporary Policy Regarding Enforcement During COVID-19 and Tips to Remain in Environmental Compliance – Brown Rudnick

The $2 Trillion Federal CARES Act: The Key Financial Assistance Provisions, Key Legislative Changes, and Next Steps – Foley Hoag

Key Tax Components of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act– Nutter

Arent Fox Launches Business Loan Task Force– Arent Fox

Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Health Advisory on Grocery Stores and Pharmacies-Foley Hoag

COVID-19 Business Stimulus Funding Update: Small Businesses, Large Businesses, Mid-Size Businesses, Nonprofits, and Tax Provisions-Seyfarth

Podcast: COVID-19: Insights Into Key Practice Areas Across the Globe-Ropes & Gray

DOL Releases Poster and Guidance on COVID-19 Families First Act Requirement for “Employee Rights” Posting-Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara

Coronavirus COVID-19 – Government Action – March 26, 2020 -Morgan Lewis

DOL Issues Workplace Poster and Guidance for Employers Regarding Paid Leave Under the FFCRA– Hirsch Roberts Weinstein

Expect Delays in Merger Reviews by FTC and DOJ During COVID-19 Restrictions – Duane Morris

State Restrictions on Non-Essential Business Operations During the COVID-19 Crisis – Locke Lord

Department of Labor Issues New COVID-19 Guidance for Employers – Sugarman Rogers

COVID-19 and the Impact on Construction Projects – Anderson Kreiger

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Quarantine as a Force Majeure Event– Hinckley Allen

Data Security Considerations for Businesses Allowing or Encouraging Employees to Work Remotely – Kirkland & Ellis

Client Alert: Three Key Procedures Massachusetts Employers Should Follow to Slow the Novel Coronavirus – Casner & Edwards

Managing Contractual Relationships During the COVID-19 Crisis: Force Majeure Clauses and Other Approaches – Hemenway & Barnes

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Morgan, Brown & Joy

I-9 Inspection Requirements & E-Verify TNC Timelines Are Temporarily Relaxed Amid the COVID-19 Crisis -Arent Fox

Massachusetts’ March 23 Directive Re: Restrictions and Essential Services During the COVID-19 Crisis -Locke Lord

COVID-19 Paid Leave: DOL AND IRS Promise Prompt Reimbursement to Employers-Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara

Employers Grapple With Essential Business Designations Resulting From Shelter-In-Place and Shutdown Orders– Fisher Phillips

Client Alert: Hotel and Restaurant Owners: How to Reduce Your Insurance Costs during the COVID-19 Crisis– Sherin & Lodgen

Mitigate the Financial Impact of COVID-19: The Strategic Approach to Insurance and Federal Claims from EY

COVID-19 Emergency Funding Solutions – Nutter

Swift 100% Reimbursement to Employers for Emergency Paid Sick and Family Leave – Foley Hoag

Can I Still Sell My Property When the Registry Closes? – Ruberto, Israel & Weiner

SEC Offers Limited Filing Relief to Advisers Affected by Coronavirus – Kirkland & Ellis

Impact of COVID-19 Gives Good Reason to Consider Emergency Cooperation Agreement – Day Pitney

Coronavirus: Impact on the Retail Industry – Goulston & Storrs

Community Support

Suffolk Law School has started an assembly line to rapidly create mobile-friendly online court forms and pro se materials for key areas of urgent legal need amid the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is operating out of Suffolk Law’s Legal Innovation and Technology Lab in cooperation with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 task force. More info & to volunteer.

MetroWest Legal Services is still open for intakes and here to help. Access their intake line here.

City Life/Vida Urbana is Leading the Advocacy Efforts to Halt Evictions During Coronavirus Epidemic. Click here for more info.

Lawyers for Civil Rights Releases Multilingual Resource Guide for the Public in Need of Legal Help or Support During the COVID-19 Outbreak

City of Boston Veterans Services, released statement ensuring the continuation of veteran services and benefits amongst COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full statement here.

Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) has announced eligible individuals can now apply to their economic assistance programs TAFDC and EAEDC. Apply here. 

COVID-19: The Civil Legal System & Your Rights – Here’s what Civil Legal Aid (CLA) wants you to know.

Attorney Health & Well-Being

Resources from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL)

LCL has just announced Free & Confidential weekly online discussion group for lawyers, law students, and judges – LCL MA Open Connection – for peer support throughout this difficult time. It will meet on Mondays through June at least. Find more here.

LCL is also offering Remote Addiction Recovery Peer Support Group Meetings.

Resource from The Massachusetts Law Office Management Assistance Program (LOMAP)

LOMAP helps lawyers and law students in Massachusetts to implement best practices and procedures for operating a law practice.  They have put together this Remote Work Plan covering law firm policies, client service, data security & more.

Resources to Manage Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health

The American Bar Association’s Committee on Lawyers Assistance Programs has created a landing page of resources related to COVID-19.  There are resources on Law Practice  Management, Staying Mentally Healthy, and more. Check out those resources here.

To get free confidential, 24/7 support for anxiety, text “HOME” to the Crisis Text Line at  741741. The Crisis Text Line resources for people of all ages who are feeling anxious or isolated during this time, and would prefer to communicate via text.  Learn more

The CDC’s has published a Guide on Managing Anxiety and Stress during the Covid-19 outbreak. This page has resources for everyone, including families and children.

Rocket Matter has created a helpful guide on Mental Health Tips for Working Remotely

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