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@CBAattheBar Podcast
Access podcasts on Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher, and the Legal Talk Network: https://legaltalknetwork.com/podcasts/chicago-bar

The C
onstitutionality of the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders Edition - May 20, 2020
Professor Ann Lousin discusses the protesting of Illinois’ stay-at-home order and whether they have a case.


The Criminal Courts Adapt to COVID-19 Edition: How the Pandemic is Impacting the Rights of the Accused - April 24, 2020

Public Defender of Cook County, Amy Campanelli, talks about the constitutional issues and the impact on the rights of the accused as criminal courts adapt to the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Overcoming Loneliness Edition - April 8, 2020 
In the first of a series of COVID-19 related podcasts, hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne speak with J.W. Freiberg, social psychologist, lawyer, and author of the forthcoming book, “Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation,” about the chronic loneliness problem in our society and how we can overcome it.

@theBar Blog 
Access articles here: https://cbaatthebar.chicagobar.org
Articles specifically related to COVID-19: https://cbaatthebar.chicagobar.org/category/covid-19/ 
Includes the blog series "Lawyering in the Time of Coronavirus" and topics such as “Privacy in the Time of Pandemics," “Lessons in Contracts Taught by COVID-19” and more. 

Remote Pro Bono Opportunities
Find opportunities here: https://chicagobarfoundation.org/pdf/pro-bono/remote-opportunities.pdf

COVID-19 Facebook Group 
Join the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/794845104372170/?source_id=181694341898149

Education/MCLE  
Courses qualifying for Illinois PR-MCLE - Register at learn.chicagobar.org:
5/28/2020
Thriving in Challenging Times (2.75 PR-MCLE, subject to approval)
5/19/2020
How To...Maintain Wellness While Working From Home (0.5 PR MCLE, Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
5/13/2020
Implications of COVID-19 on Practicing Law Beyond Today (1 PR MCLE)
4/22/2020            
Legal Tech & Artificial Intelligence Surrounding COVID-19 (0.75 PR MCLE)  
4/21/2020                       
Keeping It Together Working From Home (0.75 PR-MCLE, 0.25 PR-MCLE, Mental Health and Substance Abuse)           
4/15/2020           
Bridging the Gap: Serving Your Tech Averse Clients (1 PR MCLE)  
4/2/2020 
Real Solutions for Lawyer Wellness(1 PR MCLE)
4/1/2020 
COVID-19: Technology Ideas To Spur Productivity (1 PR MCLE)              
4/1/2020 
Troubleshooting Virtual Meeting Software (0.5 PR MCLE)
9/22/2020
Jury Trials in a Remote World (0.75 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
9/24/2020
How To…Conduct Depositions Online in the Wake of COVID-19 (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
10/7/2020
How To…Pick the Right Hardware for Your Remote Office (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
10/15/2020
Law Firm Management in a Remote Work Environment (1 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
10/20/2020
How To…Use Change Management To Work From Anywhere (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)

Courses Qualifying for General Illinois MCLE Register at learn.chicagobar.org:
COVID-19 Series: Surviving & Thriving for Solos & Small Firms 
(1.00 MCLE)
10/27/20
COVID-19 Series: Real Estate Transactions in Virtual Land (1.00 MCLE)
10/22/20
The Illinois Legislature Agenda During COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE)
10/14/20
COVID-19 Series: The Virtual Trial (1.00 MCLE)
10/6/20
Federal Court Proceedings and COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE)
9/14/20 
Interviewing During and Beyond the Pandemic (1 MCLE)
5/7/2020

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Insurance Part 3 (1.5 MCLE)
5/1/2020
Judges Roundtable: A Virtual Discussion on How the Courts Are Responding, Adapting and Will Resume After COVID-19 (1.25 MCLE) 
4/23/2020            
Employer Compliance and COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE) 
4/22/2020            
The State of Family Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic (1 MCLE)
4/10/2020
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Real Estate Transactions (1.5 MCLE)
4/1/2020              
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Interruption (1 MCLE)                          
3/31/2020            
Job Searching in the Time of Coronavirus (0.75 MCLE)
3/25/2020            
Force Majeure Clauses COVID-19: What Are the Legal Issues? (0.75 MCLE) 
9/14/2020
Federal Court Proceedings and COVID-19 (0.75 IL MCLE)
10/6/2020
COVID-19 Series: The Virtual Trial (1 IL MCLE )
10/14/2020
The Illinois Legislature Agenda During COVID-19 (0.75 IL MCLE)
10/22/2020
Do Unto Others: Making Pro Bono Work Remotely (0.75 IL MCLE)
10/22/2020
COVID-19 Series: Real Estate Transactions in Virtual Land (0.75 IL MCLE)
10/27/2020
COVID-19 Series: Surviving & Thriving for Solos & Small Firms (0.75 IL MCLE)

Running a Remote Law Office
Click here for tips and tools from the CBA Law Practice Management and Technology Division for running your law office remotely.

Returning to the Office
Since back to work guidelines vary from state to state and often county to county, there is no one-size-fits-all approach beyond the general guidelines offered by the CDC and OSHA. However, these articles below provide some guidance no matter your situation:
Don't go it alone. Check out these templates from EHS Today for designing your plan. If you already have a plan, you can compare and see what you may be missing. 
Harvard Business Review offers these five tips for safely reopening your office and reassuring your staff.
If you have at-risk workers, you will want to take a look at the EEOC guidelines and general guidance from the Society for Human Resources Management.
 
COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations
Click here for information and cancellations in the Courts and the Chicago Legal Community received by the CBA.

Small Business Assistance from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is providing small businesses with important resources for loans, grants and other forms of support available in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A collection of important resources at the city, state and federal level is available at www.chicagolandchamber.org.  The Chamber is also offering CBA members complimentary assistance if they have questions or need help applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is available to help  small businesses keep workers on the payroll.  Contact Small Business Director Stacey Pitts Caldwell for assistance at 312-494-6790.

Resources from CBA Member Benefit Providers
Lexis Nexis
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Free COVID-19 Resources from LexisNexis:
LexisNexis is offering free access to verified and consolidated news information on Covid-19 via https://www.law360.com/coronavirus and practical guidance via the LexisNexis Practice Advisor Coronavirus Resource Kit at https://www.lexisnexis.com/en-us/products/lexis-practice-advisor/coronavirus-resources.page.

MyCase - Law Practice Management Solution
Chicago Bar Members get a 10% lifetime discount! Start your free trial today.
Free COVID-19 Resources from My Case:
- An Attorney's Guide to Setting Up a Remote Law Firm
- Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Planning for Law Firms
- Securely Collaborate and Communicate Remotely: A How-To for Lawyers
- Economic Resilience for Law Firms: How To Thrive During Challenging Times
- Free Webinar: How to run your law firm remotely during COVID-19