Dear Members,

As courts and the legal profession respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by the Coronavirus, it’s imperative our members have real time access to the latest information. To meet this need, we are collecting in one place, important notices and announcements from state and federal courts, the governor’s office, legislative officials, and public health authorities.

Our coronavirus webpage is a comprehensive virtual information center, featuring all the latest articles, memos, links and directives. We will alert you to the latest developments on social media and in our eblasts to make sure you don’t miss any updates. In addition, we are planning a series of topical and informative webinars over the next several days.

In collaboration with the Office of Court Administration, we are updating and reissuing a comprehensive book on the state’s public health laws, entitled: “New York State Public Health Legal Manual: A Guide for Judges, Attorneys and Public Health Professionals.” The book examines the law governing the containment of communicable diseases – including pandemics like the one we now face.

In order to educate the public about these critical issues, State Bar leaders are serving as expert resources for media outlets, including online, radio, print and TV. Our goal is to keep our members, the legal community and the general public as well informed as we can. Only when we are armed with accurate and timely information can we make smart decisions that will best prepare us to represent our clients, serve our communities and do the public good.

We appreciate your support as we strive to be your indispensable resource in this crisis.

Thank you,

Hank Greenberg


From Empire State Development, we have received the following guidance about the extent to which lawyers’ may use their law offices under the Governor’s NY Pause Executive Order:

“Law firms and other providers of legal services are essential businesses only to the extent that their services are currently needed to support the essential functions of health care providers, utilities, state and local governments, the federal government, financial institutions, businesses that have been designated as essential; or to support criminal defendants in court proceedings or individuals in emergency family court proceedings; or to participate in proceedings concerning the imminent release or detention of individuals subject to criminal or civil detention under any applicable provision of state or federal law, or proceedings to address emergency risks to health, safety, or welfare.”

Message from the Chief Judge (March 23, 2020) | Transcript

Administrative Order from the Chief Administrative Judge, March 22, 2020

Message from the Chief Judge (March 20, 2020) | Transcript

Information From the New York Courts on Operations During the Coronavirus

Administrative Order from Judge Lawrence Marks (March 19)

Memorandum from Judge Lawrence Marks: Updated Protocols (March 16):

If you have specific questions about your juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call:

Coronavirus Hotline: 833-503-0447.

Court Closings for March 18

A message from Chief Judge DiFiore: Video | Transcript

New York Unified Court System’s Website

Court of Appeals Hearing Arguments Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 Court of Appeals Hall, Albany, New York

The March session at the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, is underway at Court of Appeals Hall in Albany. The Court remains open to the public, subject to the precautions recommended by state and national health authorities. Counsel who are scheduled to argue but cannot appear in person due to the current public health emergency, may contact the Clerk’s Office and request other arrangements, including oral argument by videoconference.

Video Arraignments Start in New York City Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 New York City Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street

Videoconference arraignments began this week in New York City Criminal Court at 100 Centre St. All parties but the defendant appeared in the courtroom. An increasing number of coronavirus cases has led to minimizing contact between judicial and non-judicial staff and the public.

New York Unified Court System’s Website:

New York State is experiencing an increase in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is expected that the virus will continue to spread. Please be assured that the New York State Court System is monitoring developments closely and is working with our partners at all government levels to take appropriate measures as the situation progresses, and to ensure that courthouses statewide are prioritizing the health and safety of all visitors. Please continue to visit this site for updates on the latest developments concerning the New York State Courts.

Notice of Court Status: If conditions warrant court closure or any change in operations, notice will be posted on the court system’s web site at:, and at: 800-268-7869. Notifications also will be sent out via the New York Courts Alert Emergency Portal (to sign up  to receive alerts, visit:

Juror Service: If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.

Health Info: For the latest information on coronavirus and guidance on how to protect yourself, visit: the New York State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. The State Department of Health also has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your healthcare professional always is the best person to consult for questions about your personal health and well-being.

This page will continue to be updated as developments occur.

March 28, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order 202.12

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Moving New York Presidential Primary Election to June 23rd

Paycheck Protection FAQ for Small Businesses

Coronavirus Forces Courts to Experiment, Wall Street Journal

March 27, 2020
EEOC Answers Questions about the Pandemic and Antidiscrimination Laws in Recorded Webinar

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Good Privilege And Confidentiality Habits For Remote Attys, Law360

IRS Notice 2020-21

New York State Bar Exam Rescheduled for Fall 2020

NY State Bar support program reaches isolated lawyers, judges and students, Queens Daily Eagle

New York Postpones July Bar Exam Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal

Governor’s Executive Order, 202.11

Trusts and Estates in the Time of Coronavirus

Fall Bar Exam Added, Fate of July Test Uncertain Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal

March 26, 2020

How Firms Can Rise Above COVID-19’s Unwelcome Changes, Law 360

Stimulus Bill Could Be Lifeline For Some Law Firms, Law 360

Mild Improvements for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain, New York Law Journal

Freeze in Most Civil Filings Brings Concern, Frustration for New York Litigators, New York Law Journal

Living Well in the Time of the Coronavirus

State Bar Association Launches Emergency Task Force To Assist Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Impacted by Coronavirus

Coronavirus Forces N.Y. City Criminal and Family Courts to Go ‘Virtual’

Pandemic Threatens to Flood Courts With Contract Lawsuits, Bloomberg

Law Firms Set to Discover Meaning of ‘Bet the Company’ Work, Bloomberg

March 25, 2020

Letter from NYC Law Department

ELSN Section Chair to NYSBA Colleagues: ‘I Am Glad We Are in This Together’

The Olympics Are Canceled; Now Bring in the Lawyers

Pressure Grows to Better Address Bail Applications as COVID-19 Hits NY Federal Jails, New York Law Journal

Virtual Arraignments Raise Real Concerns In NY Courtroom, Law360

Chaos Brews in U.S. With Jumble of Conflicting Emergency Decrees, Bloomberg

How COVID-19 Will Affect Litigation In NY And Beyond, Law360

Brad Karp: The Legal Community Must Protect Workers and Small Businesses From Coronavirus Fallout, New York Law Journal

States Consider Delays to July Bar Exam In Response To Virus, Bloomberg Law

Prisons and courts get coronavirus help in Senate relief bill, Roll Call

Cuomo: Density control measures are working to slow coronavirus in NY, NY Post

More People Are Thinking About Their Wills, Forcing Lawyers to Improvise, Bloomberg Law

How to Work Remotely With Kids…And Not Lose Your Minds

March 24, 2020

DFS Emergency Regs – Mortgage (Exec. Order 202.9)

BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout, Law360 

NY Courts Report 2 Dozen COVID-19 Cases, Adding DA, Juror, Law 360

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Important News for Personal Injury Lawyers on Coronavirus, Bias Attacks

2 NY Law Firms Cut Staff, Salaries Amid Coronavirus Crisis, New York Law Journal

Statement From State Bar President Henry M. Greenberg Condemning Bias Incidents Relating To Coronavirus Aimed At Persons Of Asian & Jewish Descent

Law Schools Scramble To Educate Students in Fallout From Virus That Sent Students Home

Fast Moving Outbreak Shifts Regulatory Ground for Health Lawyers, Bloomberg Law

March 23, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order 202.10

What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered in light of COVID-19?, ABA Journal

Technical Difficulties: Courts Face COVID-19 Learning Curve, Law 360

Law Firms Left Out Of ‘Essential’ Biz Orders Amid Pandemic, Law 360

David Lat Undergoing ‘Experimental’ Drug Therapy, His Husband Says

New York State Bar Association Task Force Convenes On Emergency Basis To Consider Alternatives To The July Bar Examination

What Can Be Done To Help Stop The Spread of Coronavirus In NY Prisons?

Despite Crisis, Demand Soars for Many Lawyers’ Expertise

COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Transactions and Disputes

Cuomo Suspends Statute of Limitations, Marks Defines ‘Essential’ Court Services in COVID-19 Response, New York Law Journal

Max Kenner | Coronavirus Is Coming To Prisons | Miranda Warnings

Pivoting in Place: What’s a Litigator to Do During the COVID-19 Crisis?

New York State Unified Court System Halts All But Essential Proceedings

COVID-19 Leaves Backlogged Courts With A Justice Pile-Up, Law360

Coronavirus Is Changing How Attorneys Work (Video), Bloomberg Law

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Region Is Now an Epicenter of Global Pandemic, New York Times

The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say, New York Times

March 22, 2020
Virtual Court Operations to Commence in NYC Mid-week

Statement From State Bar President Henry Greenberg Urging President Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act

Coronavirus: NY Gov. Cuomo says state to start clinical drug trial, authorizes temporary hospitals, asks US to nationalize medical supply buying, CNBC

38 positive for coronavirus in NYC jails, including Rikers, Times Union

March 21, 2020
Governor’s Executive Order 202.9

Governor Cuomo Announces Four Sites Identified by Army Corps of Engineers on Initial List of Temporary Hospitals

Italy, Pandemic’s New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World, New York Times

Latest update from Governor’s office

Law Firm Layoffs Amid COVID-19, Above the Law

How We’re Surviving as a Shut-In Workforce: ‘Know Where Your Mute Button Is’ and Be Patient, National Law Journal

March 20, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order 202.8

Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The ‘New York State on Pause’ Executive Order

NYC Attorney Who Dies From Coronavirus Complications Remembered Fondly by Colleagues

SDNY Issues New Restrictions to Increase Social Distancing at Courthouses, New York Law Journal

State bar calls for suspension of legal case deadlines, Times Herald-Record

What You Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New York State Goes on Pause

As Cuomo Imposes ‘100% Workforce Reduction,’ Law Firms Await Specific Details, New York Law Journal

Administrative Order Extending Assisted Outpatient Treatment Orders (Kendra’s Law)

New York governor mandates all non-essential workers must stay home, CNN

‘Maiden Voyage’ on a Stormy Sea: 2nd Circuit Holds 1st Set of Oral Argument Teleconference in Face of Coronavirus, New York Law Journal

Criminal Lawyers Scramble To Deal With New Challenges Amid Coronavirus

How BigLaw Can Support Parents During Social Distancing, Law360

Law Schools Adopt Pass-Fail Grades As They Move Online Amid COVID-19, National Law Journal

Coughing Lawyers. Uneasy Jurors. Can Courts Work Under Coronavirus?, New York Times

Courts to probe conflicting notes amid coronavirus craze, Times Union

March 19, 2020

Empire State Development Guidance on Executive Order 202.6

How the coronavirus is upending the criminal justice system, ABA Journal

Law Firm Partner, 57, Dies After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Bar Group Says, New York Law Journal

Governor’s Executive Order 202.7.

David Lat, Battling COVID-19, Speaks From Hospital About Fears, Hopes and What People Should Know

75% to Work from Home: Are Law Firms Ready?

COVID-19 Casts Cloud Over Summer Associate Classes

1st NY State Judge Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Queens

Manhattan Atty With COVID-19 Recovering Well, Wife Says

Virus Relief Expands Paid Leave, With Growing Calls For More

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Mandating Businesses That Require In-Office Personnel to Decrease In-Office Workforce by 75 Percent

Message From NY Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Lawyer With Coronavirus Wonders What’s Next

Lawyer-Parents Confront Significant Burdens While Homebound by Coronavirus

Lawyers, Big Law Firms Confront Coronavirus Anxiety

Coronavirus Outbreak May Also Put Attorneys at Risk For Greater Cyber Infection

March 18, 2020

Governors’s Executive Order 202.6, March 18, 2020

Governor’s Executive Order 202.5, March 18, 2020

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Guarantee Paid Leave for New Yorkers Under Mandatory or Precautionary Quarantine Due to COVID-19, March 18, 2020

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Deployment of 1,000-Bed Hospital Ship ‘USNS Comfort’ to New York Harbor

NYSBA CLE Programs Pivot To Webinars During Coronavirus Shutdown

Dealing With Panic as Coronavirus Crisis Becomes New Normal

Expert Advice for Law Firms: How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis

March 17, 2020

Appellate Division, Second Department, Order Extending Deadlines

Appellate Division, First Department, Order Extending Deadlines

New York Court of Appeals Hears In-Person Arguments, Observing Social Distancing, New York Law Journal

Message from the Chief Judge

Appellate Division, Third Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Appellate Division, Second Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Appellate Division, First Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Governor Cuomo and Attorney General James Temporarily Suspend State Debt Collection in Response to Coronavirus

Governor Cuomo Announces Three-Way Agreement with Legislature on Paid Sick Leave Bill to Provide Immediate Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19

The high demand for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic, ABA Journal

Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.4

March 16, 2020 

Information From the New York State Courts Regarding the Coronavirus

White House issues new guidelines for stopping spread of coronavirus, ABC News

During Coronavirus Briefing, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Allowing State to Increase Hospital Capacity

Governor’s expanded powers during a public health emergency, Capitol Pressroom

Second Circuit Remains Open, With Restrictions, Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, New York Law Journal

Statement from Speaker Carl M. Heastie

BREAKING: Justices Postpone Upcoming Arguments, Law360

US Supreme Court Postpones Upcoming Arguments Amid Coronavirus Threat, New York Law Journal

Amid Lack of Federal Direction, Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

Supreme Court Postponement of Oral Arguments

NYSBA’s 2020 Statewide Mock Trial Tournament

March 15, 2020 

Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts, Law 360

Office of Court Administration, Updated Protocols

Coronavirus in NYC: Resources You Need to Know

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NY Courts to End ‘Nonessential’ Services, New York Law Journal

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Courts Outside NYC Emergency Designated Locations List

Governor Cuomo’s Press Conference on the Coronavirus

Andrew Cuomo to President Trump: Mobilize the Military to Help Fight Coronavirus, New York Times

March 14, 2020 

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

March 13, 2020 

New Jury Trials Postponed in New York, Jury Selection Suspended Until Further Notice

U.S. District Court Western District of NY, Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19

General Order #58, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Office of Court Administration, Procedures to Reduce Courthouse Traffic

Kings County, Civil Term, Important CCP Notice

Nation’s Top Law Schools Go Remote Over Virus Concerns, Bloomberg Law

March 12, 2020 

Manhattan federal courts suspend new trials due to coronavirus, NY Post

Notice from Court of Appeals

March 9, 2020 

Notice to the Bar: SDNY Announces Visitor Restriction


Upcoming Live Webinars


How to Handle Legal Issues as a Healthcare Provider Dealing with Covid-19, Including Privacy, Employment Issues and Telemedicine

Friday, March 27th @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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A Pandemic Law Practice: Collaboration, Culture & Security

Tuesday, March 31st @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1.0 MCLE Credit


Coronavirus: Treatment, Legal & Insurance Issues

Wednesday, April 1st @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

1.0 MCLE Credit


Mediation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Conduct an Effective Online Mediation – Observations & Tips for Mediators & Representatives

Friday, April 3rd @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

1.0 MCLE Credit


Lawyer as Employer: Handling Coronavirus Issues in the Workplace

Monday, April 6th @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1.0 MCLE Credit


Mindfulness for Lawyers in a Time of Stress

Thursday, April 16th @ 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

1.0 MCLE Credit


Pandemics and Planning: The Documents Every Attorney Should Have

Thursday, April 23rd @ 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 pm

1.0 MCLE Credit


Recorded Programs 


Cyber-Protect Your Firm When You Work from Home

Recorded On: March 18th

1.0 MCLE Credit


Coronavirus: What Businesses Should Do to Prepare

Recorded On: March 16th

1.0 MCLE Credit


MARCH 2020 

  • 3/11            Special Education Law Update (Syracuse)–Cancelled
  • 3/12            A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace (Hauppauge)–New Date TBD 
  • 3/12-3/13  16th Annual International Estate Planning Institute (NYC)–Moved to 10/8-10/9
  • 3/13            A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 3/13            U.S. Employment Laws in Practice (NYC)–New Date TBD 
  • 3/17             A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (Niagara Falls)–New Date TBD
  • 3/17-3/19   Dispute Resolution  Section: Mediation Training Program–Postponed
  • 3/18             A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (Syracuse)–New Date TBD
  • 3/18             A Guide to Residential Real Estate Closings (Rochester)–Moving to June 
  • 3/19             A Guide to Residential Real Estate Closings (Tarrytown)–Moving to June 
  • 3/19             A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (Ithaca)–New Date TBD
  • 3/20            A Guide to Diversity & Inclusion in the 21st Century Workplace (Albany)–New Date TBD
  • 3/20            An Introduction to FDA and FTC: Insider and Outside Counsel Highlights (NYC)–Moved to June 19
  • 3/20            Introductory Lessons on Ethics & Civility (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 3/20            CPLR Update 2020 (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 3/20            Purchase and Sale of a Business 2020 (NYC)–New Date TBD 
  • 3/20-3/21  Dispute Resolution Section: Student Mediation Tournament–Cancelled
  • 3/25            What Landlords & Tenants Need to Know About Local Law 97 (NYC)–Cancelled
  • 3/25            Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Section: 3rd and 4th District Reception–Postponed
  • 3/26            How to be a “Foxhole” Buddy with a CEO or General Counsel (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 3/26-3/27  Bridging the Gap (NYC)–Updated to Webinar Only 
  • 3/28-4/1    Young Lawyers Section: Trial Academy–Cancelled
  • 3/30            Business Arbitration and Mediation 2020 (NYC)–Moved to June 24 

APRIL 2020

  • 4/1-4/2       Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section: Legal Aspects of Producing —Postponed
  • 4/2              Commercial and Federal Litigation Section: Kings County Luncheon–Cancelled
  • 4/3               Introductory Lessons on Ethics & Civility (Albany)–New Date TBD
  • 4/16-4/17   Bridging the Gap (London, UK)–New Date TBD
  • 4/17             Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Surety Bonds (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 4/17             Cultural Diversity in America’s Military (Albany)–Updated to Webinar Only
  • 4/17             Introductory Lessons on Ethics & Civility (Long Island)–New Date TBD
  • 4/20            Local and State Government Law Section: Spring Meeting–Cancelled 
  • 4/21             Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Surety Bonds (Rochester)–New Date TBD
  • 4/22             Family Court Trial Institute 2020: Orders of Protection (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 4/22             Environmental and Energy Law Section: Earth Day Events–All Postponed
  • 4/22             Taking the Lead: Winning Strategies and Techniques for Commercial Cases (NYC)–New Date TBD
  • 4/23             Family Court Trial Institute 2020: Orders of Protection (Westchester)–New Date TBD
  • 4/24             Family Court Trial Institute 2020: Orders of Protection (Albany)–New Date TBD
  • 4/27-4/28   International Section: Spring Meeting (Madrid)–Postponed
  • 4/30-5/1     Business Law Section: Spring Meeting–Postponed
  • 4/30-5/1     Elder Law and Special Needs Section: UNProgram–Postponed
  • 4/30-5/3    Trusts and Estates Law Section: Spring Meeting–Postponed

MAY 2020

  • 5/1-5/3     Commercial and Federal Litigation Section: Spring Meeting–Cancelled
  • 5/4             Dispute Resolution Section: Networking Event @ Yonkers Brewing Co.–Cancelled
  • 5/5              Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Surety Bonds (Uniondale)–New Date TBD
  • 5/8              Family Court Trial Institute 2020: Orders of Protection (Rochester)–New Date TBD
  • 5/8              Family Court Trial Institute 2020: Orders of Protection (Long Island)–New Date TBD
  • 5/12           Fundamentals of Construction Contracts and Surety Bonds (Albany)–New Date TBD
  • 5/16           Criminal Justice Section: Spring Meeting–Postponed
  • 5/20-5/21 Dispute Resolution Section: ADR Clinic–Postponed

JUNE 2020

  • 6/3              Divorce Anniversaries: 40 Years of Equitable Distribution (Albany)–New Date TBD
  • 6/4              Divorce Anniversaries: 40 Years of Equitable Distribution (Westchester)–New Date TBD
  • 6/5              Divorce Anniversaries: 40 Years of Equitable Distribution (Long Island)–New Date TBD
  • 6/5              Divorce Anniversaries: 40 Years of Equitable Distribution (Rochester)–New Date TBD
  • 6/12           Divorce Anniversaries: 40 Years of Equitable Distribution (NYC)–New Date TBD


  • 10/14-10/16 International Section: Fall Meeting (London, UK)–Postponed