Resources from the Courts
Emergency Local Rules, effective March 30, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These rules govern Criminal and Juvenile cases.
Contra Costa County Press Release, dated March 27, 2020 continuing closure of the Contra Costa Superior Court with some exceptions.
Contra Costa County Press Release, dated March 13, 2020 advising of the Contra Costa Court closure
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the Judicial Council of the State of California has issued this important and dedicated Order for Contra Costa County Superior Court which discusses, among other things, statutory deadlines, extensions of time, and instructions for computing time.
San Francisco County Superior Court website
General Order Regarding Implementation of Emergency Relief, March 24, 2020
Local & State Orders
California Chief Justice Issues Statewide Order Suspending Jury Trials
March 23, 2020
Contra Costa County Health Services ORDER directing all residents of the county to shelter in their place of residence
Alameda County Health Services ORDER directing all residents of the county to shelter in their place of residence
SBA is making up to $10k available to each small business affected by COVID-19
provided by Lawyer Business Advantage, March 31, 2020
American Bar Association, Resources for the Legal Profession During COVID-19
provided by the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Programs
presented by the California Employer’s Association, Employers.org, 800.399.5331
Brochure: COVID-19, The Latest News & Resources for Your Business
presented by: Small Business Development Center – California
CLA Introduces COVID-19 Resources Page
presented by the California Lawyers Association
See this great resource of free webinars and updates
New Covid-19 Resources from the California State Assembly Committee on Jobs Economic Development and the Economy
This page was developed to assist small businesses, entrepreneurs, workers, and economic and workforce development professionals in responding to COVID-19 challenges.
Special Offers from Vendors
Resources from Victory Workspace
Victory Workspace, a valuable Member Benefit Provider, has a calendar of great resources for working and networking from home. See their calendar here.
Bankruptcy Software Free for 60 Days
LegalPro Systems, a CCCBA member benefit provider is offering its cloud-based bankruptcy software, JubileeBK free for 60 days, without commitment. Read more here.
Online Depositions Offered Free through April 15, 2020
Interested in remote deposition services? Barkley Court Reporters | CRS is offering its services of “audio conferencing” and “video conferencing” at no charge for depositions through April 15, 2020. The firm has discounted its rates for more complex conferencing with text streaming and exhibit marking. Now is the time to prepare for doing business in the future! Individual training is included. Learn more about these easy-to-use services daily Zoom webinars at 11 am, March 23 through March 27 or contact Linda Covington. No need to preregister. Use the link below to join the webinar. How to join the webinar.
Monday-Friday March 23 – 27, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PT | free | online webinar
CourtCall and the Judicial Council announce reduction in telephonic fees now through April 30, 2020
As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Judicial Council of California and CourtCall have entered into an addendum to the existing Master Agreement to allow for the reduction of the telephonic appearance fee in California courts to $54 for telephonic appearances newly scheduled on and after March 19, 2020 and to occur prior to April 30, 2020. CourtCall and the Judicial Council will further evaluate prior to April 30, 2020. Earlier in March CourtCall unilaterally eliminated its allowed late fees through April 30, 2020.
Clio Announces $1 Million Legal Relief Initiative
Clio, a generous CCCBA Member Benefit Provider, just announced it’s $1 million legal relief program to help law firms transform their systems to ensure the ability to work from home over the next weeks and months. Law firms (even those that are not Clio subscribers) and legal organizations may apply for benefits
- Financial aid for Clio licenses
- Support to move your practice to the cloud
- Financial aid for business continuity
- Educational support
Learn more about Clio’s Covid-19 legal relief program
See Clio’s new How to Work from Home as a Lawyer page
Webinars and Info
Webinar: Creating a Coronavirus Response Plan: A How-to Guide for Employers
presented by Lawline
Watch this free on demand CLE webcast (recorded Friday, March 13, 2020) which briefly discusses the origins of the coronavirus and how it spreads and then walks through how all employers, including law firms, can create an incident response plan. This program provides attorneys with the tools they need to advise their clients.
1 hour General MCLE credit
Access the program here.
Webinar: Next Steps: Virtual Brainstorming Session
presented by Jen Lee and the Lawyer Success Network
As things get canceled, I am blocking off more time for marketing, content creation, and new business ideas. Next Friday, I am hosting a virtual brainstorming session for any lawyers who want to talk about their next steps. Join the Lawyer Success Network and then attend the session.
Friday, March 27 | Free!
Article: Offline: The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Become a Referendum on Remote Work – How should your law firm respond to the crisis?
By Jared Correia, AttorneyAtWork.com
On Demand Webinar: Guidance for Employers During the Evolving COVID-19 Pandemic
presented by Sean M. Scullen, John L. Barlament and James Y. Wu, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Webinar Series: Managing COVID-19 Critical Legal Issues For U.S. Businesses & Their Counsel
A Free Three-Part Webinar Series by LexisNexis & BakerHostetler
On Demand Webinars | 45 minute sessions
Article: 7 types of tech tools to help lawyers set up virtual offices
by Nicole Black, ABA Journal, March 19, 2020
Article: The high demand for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic
by Lyle Moran, ABA Journal, March 17, 2020
Blog Post: Coronavirus Resources
by Bob Ambrogi, Lawsitesblog.com
Article: Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Weekly Webinars with LawPay’s Director of Education
To help CCCBA members adjust to new working models during this unprecedented time, LawPay, a generous Member Benefit Provider, is rolling out a 7-week series of free, live 30-minute programs on Fridays at 10 am, Pacific Time.
- March 27 “Practicing Law in the Shadow of COVID-19”
A 30-minute condensed course based upon a presentation to the State Bar of Texas on March 20, 2020.
- April 3 “Effective Ethical Behaviors in the Pursuit of Conflict Resolution”
- April 10 “Client Relations and Law Firm Finances”
- April 17 “Ethics of Contract Negotiation”
April 24 “The Danger of Boilerplate Contract Provisions”
May 1 “Litigating in a Divided Nation”
May 8 “Preparing and Cross-Examining Witnesses”
NOTE: Every one of these condensed legal education programs has previously been approved for CLE credit in their original 1-hour formats in multiple jurisdictions. All programs will be qualified in Texas for CLE credit, and each attendee will receive a certificate of completion. Unfortunately, there is not sufficient time (usually a minimum of 60 days) for LawPay to have these weekly webinars specifically approved in other jurisdictions. Each attendee must use the “self-study” rules available in most jurisdictions to seek credit.
Article: Temporary Non-Enforcement of Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Workplace Posting Requirements
by Christopher L. Nickels and James Y. Wu, Quarles & Brady, 03/25/2020