Dear CBA Member,
Following Governor Lamont’s declaration of civil preparedness and public health emergencies, we want to update you on the Connecticut Bar Association’s (CBA) plans for the next several weeks. The safety, health, and well-being of our members, our staff, and the greater community in which we all live and work remain our first priority. The CBA is taking the following steps in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus):
- The CBA will not host in-person programs, CLE seminars, or meetings beginning Friday, March 13 until Friday, April 24.
- CLE seminars: All CLE seminars will be held virtually via Zoom meeting, at the discretion of the speakers. If you cannot participate, a recording of the program will be made available to all registrants for free and available in the Education Portal.
If the speaker does not wish to host the program virtually, you will be issued a refund within ten business days, and the CBA staff will attempt to reschedule the seminar for the fall.
- Section, committee, and task force meetings: All in-person meetings will be held virtually, via telephone conference or Zoom meeting, or canceled. CBA staff will reach out to coordinate details with group leaders. Refunds will be issued within ten business days.
During this interruption of our services, we encourage members to:
- Provide pro bono service virtually: Answer financially qualifying Connecticut residents’ legal questions with CT Free Legal Answers. Residents can connect with attorneys and receive legal advice on the online portal. Learn more at ctbar.org/freelegalanswers.
- Complete Your MCLE Requirement: Access our award-winning CLE seminars online on the Education Portal, the CBA’s online course catalog of video and audio on-demand seminars. Access the Education Portal at ctbar.org/EducationPortal.
We will continue to monitor the advice of local and state health officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), and adjust plans as appropriate. We will keep all of our members up-to-date on an ongoing basis through e-mail and at ctbar.org/coronavirus. Please continually check the calendar of events, ctbar.org/events, to determine if your meeting has been postponed or canceled, or will be held virtually. The CBA will remain open, but check our website, ctbar.org, for any changes and/or disruption in services.
Thank you for participating in and supporting the work of the Connecticut Bar Association. We remain committed to continuing to serve our members, the legal profession, and our community. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
Keith J. Soressi
Connecticut Bar Association