March 11, 2020 (last edited April 3, 2020)
Columbus Bar Response Plan for Coronavirus
In accordance with Gov. DeWine's order and out of concern for the safety and well-being of our members, customers, employees and the community at large, the Columbus Bar Association offices will be closed until Monday, May 4, 2020. We respect everyone’s efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Most of our services are available online, including CLE, notary seminars and services, insurance products (including bonds), finding a lawyer, and access to committee information.
Impact on CBA Events and Services:
All CBA committee meetings will be delivered via webcast (no in-person meetings) through May 1. We will communicate with members by email with instructions on how to access meetings via webinar. Committee members can also stay in contact with CBA Committee LinkedIn Groups.
All in-person CLE programming has been cancelled through May 1, 2020, but our online CLE programs are available at any time.
NEW! Live Webinars: CLE programs scheduled for April 22, April 24 and May 1, designated as "Live Webinar" can be viewed remotely and will count as live CLE credits. Click here to view the CLE calendar
If you are registered for any upcoming Columbus Bar CLE and you feel uncomfortable attending a live event at our facility, you may cancel at any time without being penalized. Any prepaid CLE tuition will be refunded. Any used CLE Easy Pass hours will be reloaded into your account. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Attention, Traditional CLE Easy Pass holders: If you'd like to convert your Traditional CLE Easy Pass (12 hours of CLE at the Columbus Bar) to an Online CLE Easy Pass (12 hours of CBA online CLE), contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CBA members who do not currently have a CLE Easy Pass can purchase an Online CLE Easy Pass for $175 (normally $225). Contact email@example.com.
In-person notary classes have been cancelled for March and April. Online versions of the classes are available anytime.
Committees & Cocktails:
The March 18 and April 15 Committees & Cocktails events have been cancelled.
Bonds and Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance:
CBS Agency, Inc. is still open for business remotely - we are executing bonds every week but the normal responses may be slower than usual. Quotes and applications for professional liability insurance are still being processed.
As the situation evolves, we will augment our policies and share updates as we have them. In the meantime, we’re asking our community to be considerate and employ common sense health habits. Please review your local authorities' travel guidance and health advisories, in addition to the CDC advisories.
We're closely monitoring official guidance from local governmental and health authorities in order to serve you best, and we’ve increased sanitization of our facilities. While it is impossible for anyone to predict the spread of the coronavirus and fully understand its impact, it does not alter the CBA's focus on continuing to serve our customers. We have the people, technology, products, services and tools to do just that.