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ABA president offers coronavirus response update, announces COVID-19 programming

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ABA President Judy Perry Martinez.

The ABA prioritizes the health and safety of its staff and members and continues to monitor the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other sources for updates on how the coronavirus could affect its programming and operations, ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said Wednesday.

In an email to members, Martinez said whether or not to attend an ABA event is “a personal decision based upon your current health and in consultation with medical professionals when appropriate.” She also said the ABA will share information and make decisions about scheduled events and its offices as the association learns more about conditions surrounding a meeting or office location.

“The ABA is a source for more than information regarding ABA-sponsored events,” she added. “We know that your clients and you need help in dealing with this outbreak.”

As part of this recognition, Martinez announced a series of webinars that will be provided at no cost to ABA members next week.

The first webinar, “COVID-19 Top 10: What GCs need to Know about Coronavirus,” is at 2 p.m. ET Monday. David Newman, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Global Risk + Crisis Management practice and head of the firm’s Coronavirus Task Force, and Bethany Hills, a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s FDA Regulatory + Life Sciences Compliance practice, will outline legal, strategic and practical considerations for general counsel and other legal and compliance professionals in light of recent developments related to the coronavirus.

The ABA will offer “COVID-19: Legal Strategies for Nonprofit Meetings” at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday. In this webinar, Jeffrey Tenenbaum, a nonprofit attorney and managing partner of Tenenbaum Law Group, will examine how attorneys can handle threats to their organization’s scheduled meetings and conferences as well as how they should approach future plans.

The last webinar, “Remote Working in a Time of COVID-19: Cybersecurity Issues You Need to Know,” is at noon ET on March 19. Jill Rhodes, vice president and chief information security officer at Option Care Enterprises Inc., and Ruth Hill Bro, a privacy and security attorney who co-chairs the ABA’s Cybersecurity Legal Task Force, will help attorneys assess their firm’s telecommuting security policies and practices as the United States shifts its response to COVID-19 from “containment” to “mitigation.”

The ABA will provide additional COVID-19 programming in the next few weeks, Martinez said. She also recommended members visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and Johns Hopkins University websites for more information on the coronavirus.

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