March 11, 2020 (last edited May 22, 2020)

Columbus Bar Response Plan for Coronavirus

The Columbus Bar Association offices will remain closed until Monday, September 8, 2020. 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. Please email info@cbalaw.org with any questions or email the appropriate staff person (click here for the staff roster).

Impact on CBA Events and Services:


Committees:

All CBA committee meetings will be delivered via webcast (no in-person meetings) until September 8. 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.

CLE:
All in-person CLE programming has been cancelled until September 8, but our online CLE programs are available at any time.

NEW! Live CLE Webinars: CLE programs 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 judy@cbalaw.org.

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 becky@cbalaw.org.
  
Notary Classes:
In-person notary classes have been cancelled until September 2020. Online versions of the classes are available anytime. Background checks by appointment will resume on July 6, 2020.

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.

Bench Bar Conversations:



The CBA held a series of Bench Bar Conversations with local Administrative Judges (and the Clerk of Courts) to learn about changes our courts are making to adapt to COVID-19. Click here to view the conversations and documents provided by the courts.

Additional Resources:

All Franklin County Court Statements Regarding Operations During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Need LIVE CLE Credit? The Columbus Bar is Hosting Live CLE Webinars

Remote Work Resources and Tips