NYSBA Executive Director updates members on impact of coronavirus

By NYSBA Staff

March 9, 2020

NYSBA Executive Director updates members on impact of coronavirus


By NYSBA Staff

NYSBA Executive Director Pamela McDevitt sent the following message to all NYSBA members:

As I’m sure you are aware, the COVID-19 virus has already had an impact on the New York legal community. We want to reassure our members that the New York State Bar Association is doing everything possible to keep members and employees safe. We are following protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have instituted rigorous procedures for cleaning and disinfecting the Bar Center in Albany.

The Bar Center remains open and select events are still taking place. Employees have been instructed to stay home or leave the premises immediately if they feel ill. We ask our members to do the same. Please do not enter the Bar Center or any NYSBA event if you have any symptoms of illness or have recently traveled to China, including Hong Kong, Iran, South Korea, Italy or Japan.

Almost all our CLE programs are live-streamed and recorded. Task forces and committees have call-in and video conferencing options. Our Member Resource Center ([email protected], 800-582-2452 or https://nysba.org/contact-us/) can assist you if you have any trouble accessing our virtual services.

I’d like to assure you that we will continue to monitor new developments, consult with the public health authorities and react swiftly if changes in our protocols become necessary. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and ask for understanding regarding the fluidity of the situation. We will be hosting a webinar on Monday, March 16, that will discuss the impacts of COVID-19, and will be complimentary to our members, so we invite you to register today and attend.


Pamela McDevitt
Executive Director



Webinar: Coronavirus: What Businesses Should Do to Prepare

Date:  Monday, March 16

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Description:  In this one-hour webinar, panelists will discuss the key business operational risks as well as action steps firms should take to prepare for and minimize any business disruption due to COVID-19. Although no action plan can guarantee full and immediate resumption of business operations given the unknown impact of COVID-19, creating a sound framework as well as implementing strong processes and controls can help prepare your firm and its employees to handle and manage against a significant disruption to business operations related to COVID-19.Pricing:  Free for NYSBA Members | Non-Members: $100

Program Speakers

Elizabeth E. Schlissel, Esq. | Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP
Ronald J. Levine, Esq. | General Counsel, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Sponsored by the Business Law Section and the Law Practice Management Committee of the New York State Bar Association

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