March 11, 2020 (last edited August 26, 2020)
Columbus Bar Response Plan for Coronavirus
The Columbus Bar Association offices will remain closed until January 2021. Most of our services are available online, including CLE, committees, notary seminars and services, insurance products (including bonds), finding a lawyer, and access to court interpreters. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or email the appropriate staff person (click here for the staff roster).
Impact on CBA Events and Services:
All CBA committee meetings will be delivered via webinar (no in-person meetings) until January 2021. 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.
Columbus Bar CLE programming will be presented via live CLE webinar on Zoom until January 2021. These live webinars can be viewed remotely and have been approved for live CLE credits. Online CLE continues to be available and can be accessed anywhere, any time. CLE programs live-streamed from the Practising Law Institute in New York WILL BE presented at the CBA offices - with appropriate social distancing guidelines in place and very limited attendance.
In-person notary classes have been cancelled until January 2021. Online versions of the classes are available anytime. Background checks are available by appointment.
Committees & Cocktails:
All Committees & Cocktails events have been cancelled until January 2021.
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 members and customers. We have the people, technology, products, services and tools to do just that.