Dear Members,

As courts and the legal profession respond to the unprecedented challenges presented by the Coronavirus, it’s imperative our members have real time access to the latest information. To meet this need, we are collecting in one place, important notices and announcements from state and federal courts, the governor’s office, legislative officials, and public health authorities.

Our coronavirus webpage is a comprehensive virtual information center, featuring all the latest articles, memos, links and directives. We will alert you to the latest developments on social media and in our eblasts to make sure you don’t miss any updates. In addition, we are planning a series of topical and informative webinars over the next several days.

In collaboration with the Office of Court Administration, we are updating and reissuing a comprehensive book on the state’s public health laws, entitled: “New York State Public Health Legal Manual: A Guide for Judges, Attorneys and Public Health Professionals.” The book examines the law governing the containment of communicable diseases – including pandemics like the one we now face.

In order to educate the public about these critical issues, State Bar leaders are serving as expert resources for media outlets, including online, radio, print and TV. Our goal is to keep our members, the legal community and the general public as well informed as we can. Only when we are armed with accurate and timely information can we make smart decisions that will best prepare us to represent our clients, serve our communities and do the public good.

We appreciate your support as we strive to be your indispensable resource in this crisis.

Thank you,

Hank Greenberg


From Empire State Development, we have received the following guidance about the extent to which lawyers’ may use their law offices under the Governor’s NY Pause Executive Order:

Lawyers may continue to perform all work necessary for any service so long as it is performed remotely. Any in-person work presence shall be limited to work only in support of essential businesses or services; however, even work in support of an essential business or service should be conducted as remotely as possible.

Message from the Chief Judge (May 11, 2020) | Transcript

Administrative Order from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks (May 8, 2020)

Message from the Chief Judge (May 4, 2020) | Transcript

Memo from Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks (April 30, 2020)

Statement from the President Justices on Bar Admissions (April 27, 2020)

Message from the Chief Judge (April 27 2020) | Transcript

Court of Appeals Temporary Waiver (April 21, 2020)

Message from the Chief Judge (April 20 2020) | Transcript

Message from the Chief Judge (April 13, 2020) | Transcript

Update on Contingency Planning (April 10, 2020)

Order from the Chief Judge Administrative Judge (April 8, 2020)

Memorandum from the Chief Administrative Judge (April 7, 2020)

Notice to the Bar – April-May 2020 Session (April 6, 2020)

Message from the Chief Judge (April 6, 2020) | Transcript

Message from the Chief Judge (March 30, 2020) | Transcript

Message from the Chief Judge (March 23, 2020) | Transcript

Administrative Order from the Chief Administrative Judge, March 22, 2020

Message from the Chief Judge (March 20, 2020) | Transcript

Information From the New York Courts on Operations During the Coronavirus
April 6, 2020 – Press Release
Virtual Courts Up and Running Statewide

April 3, 2020 – Press Release
Virtual Court Operations to Commence in Third Judicial District

April 2, 2020 – Press Releases
Virtual Court Operations to Commence in:
Fourth Judicial District | Eighth Judicial District | Ninth Judicial District

Administrative Order from Judge Lawrence Marks (March 19)

Memorandum from Judge Lawrence Marks: Updated Protocols (March 16):

If you have specific questions about your juror service, a case already in court, or you need to start a court case, call:

Coronavirus Hotline: 833-503-0447.

Court Closings for March 18

A message from Chief Judge DiFiore: Video | Transcript

New York Unified Court System’s Website

Court of Appeals Hearing Arguments Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 Court of Appeals Hall, Albany, New York

The March session at the New York State Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, is underway at Court of Appeals Hall in Albany. The Court remains open to the public, subject to the precautions recommended by state and national health authorities. Counsel who are scheduled to argue but cannot appear in person due to the current public health emergency, may contact the Clerk’s Office and request other arrangements, including oral argument by videoconference.

Video Arraignments Start in New York City Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 New York City Criminal Court, 100 Centre Street

Videoconference arraignments began this week in New York City Criminal Court at 100 Centre St. All parties but the defendant appeared in the courtroom. An increasing number of coronavirus cases has led to minimizing contact between judicial and non-judicial staff and the public.

New York Unified Court System’s Website:

New York State is experiencing an increase in cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and it is expected that the virus will continue to spread. Please be assured that the New York State Court System is monitoring developments closely and is working with our partners at all government levels to take appropriate measures as the situation progresses, and to ensure that courthouses statewide are prioritizing the health and safety of all visitors. Please continue to visit this site for updates on the latest developments concerning the New York State Courts.

Notice of Court Status: If conditions warrant court closure or any change in operations, notice will be posted on the court system’s web site at:, and at: 800-268-7869. Notifications also will be sent out via the New York Courts Alert Emergency Portal (to sign up  to receive alerts, visit:

Juror Service: If you have been summoned for juror service or are serving on a jury, please see the notice from the Commissioner of Jurors regarding coronavirus and the flu.

Health Info: For the latest information on coronavirus and guidance on how to protect yourself, visit: the New York State Department of Health or the Centers for Disease Control. The State Department of Health also has a coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065. Your healthcare professional always is the best person to consult for questions about your personal health and well-being.

This page will continue to be updated as developments occur.

Summary of Executive Order 202.30
Governor’s Executive Order 202.30

Governor’s Executive Order 202.29

Summary of Executive Order 202.28
Governor’s Executive Order 202.28

Governor’s Executive Order 202.27

Governor’s Executive Order 202.26

Summary of Executive Order 202.25
Governor’s Executive Order, 202.25

Summary of Executive Order 202.24
Governor’s Executive Order 202.24

Summary of Executive Order 202.23
Governor’s Executive Order 202.23

Summary of Executive Order 202.22

Governor’s Executive Order 202.22

Summary of Executive Order 202.20 and Executive Order 202.21

Governor’s Executive Order, 202.21
Governor’s Executive Order, 202.20

Summary of Executive Order 202.19
Governor’s Executive Order, 202.19

Summary of Executive Order, 202.18
Governor’s Executive Order 202.18

Summary of Governor’s Executive Order 202.17
Governor’s Executive Order 202.17

Governor’s Executive Order 202.16

Summary of Executive Order 202.15
Governor’s Executive Order 202.15

Summary of Executive Order 202.14
Governor’s Executive Order 202.14

Summary of Executive Order 202.13
Governor’s Executive Order, 202.13

Summary of Executive Order 202.12
Governor’s Executive Order 202.12

Governor’s Executive Order, 202.11

Governor’s Executive Order 202.10

Governor’s Executive Order 202.9

Governor’s Executive Order 202.8

Governor’s Executive Order 202.7.

Governor’s Executive Order 202.6
Empire State Development Guidance on Executive Order 202.6

Governor’s Executive Order 202.5

Governor’s Executive Order 202.4

Governor’s Executive Order 202.3

Governor’s Executive Order 202.2

Governor’s Executive Order 202.1

May 11, 2020
New York State Bar Association Convenes Working Group to Deal With Expected Surge in Landlord-Tenant Disputes due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Three New York regions cleared for coronavirus reopening by week’s end, NY Post

New York Will Release More Nonviolent Offenders Amid Pandemic, Top Cuomo Aide Says, NY Law Journal

May 10, 2020
Cuomo: Hospitals cannot discharge COVID-19 patients to nursing homes, Times Union

May 9, 2020

President Greenberg’s letter to the U.S. House of Representatives

Statement From Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRosa on NY ON PAUSE Executive Order

May 8, 2020

Legal Industry Shed 64,000 Jobs in April as Layoffs and Furloughs Spread, New York Law Journal

NY Extends Statute Freeze With Tool To Hold Pretrial Inmates, Law 360

Lawyers See Coming Surge in White Collar Criminal, Civil Cases Stemming From Pandemic, New York Law Journal

How New York’s Courts Use Skype for Business and What You Need to Know

May 7, 2020

Young attorneys raise money to buy food for hospital employees fighting COVID-19, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

If law schools can’t offer in-person classes this fall, what will they do instead?, ABA Journal

COVID-19 Likely To Lead to A Flood of Insurance Litigation

Court system expands virtual operations and opens up problem-solving courts, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Prudenti: Courts, legal pros responding heroically to legal pandemic, Long Island Business News

May 6, 2020

Judiciary Seeks More Funding And Judges In COVID-19 Relief, Law360

With courthouses closed, family lawyers continue serving clients in peril, Queens Daily Eagle

Mediation May Be the Best Option for Divorced Families Dealing With the Impacts of COVID-19

NYSBA’s Pro Bono Network Doing the Public Good

Chief Judge DiFiore hosts virtual Law Day with AG James and NYSBA Prez, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

May 5, 2020

From Her Kids’ Playroom, This NYC Public Defender Has Helped Set Hundreds of Prisoners Free, New York Law Journal

McMahon Says No Plans to Reopen SDNY Courthouse After Judge Floats In-Person Hearing, New York Law Journal

Denied unemployment benefits in New York State? You can get free legal help, WGRZ

May 4, 2020

Offices get set for the new ‘abnormal’, Newsday

NYS Bar Association helping lawyers to get prepared for end of quarantine, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Cuomo Offers 4-Phase Plan to ‘Reopen’ NY, With Professional Services in Step 2, New York Law Journal

Record Unemployment Leaves Undocumented Workers With Nowhere to Turn, as Others Work to Appeal, Currents News

NY Chief Judge DiFiore Urges ‘Patience’ With Courts’ Path to Full Restart Subject to Change, New York Law Journal

Phased Plan to Re-Open New York

The Case For Attorney Well-being: A Profession In Change

Smooth sailing in U.S. Supreme Court’s first teleconference case; Thomas joins fray, Reuters

Jack Newton, CEO of Clio | Using Legal Superpowers To Help Unemployed New Yorkers | Miranda Warnings

May 3, 2020

Justice delayed by virus, but NY civil courts slowly opening back up, Newsday

May 1, 2020

Legal Aid and State Bar offer help in the time of coronavirus, Altamont Enterprise

Follow From Home the Supreme Court’s First Livestream Arguments, Bloomberg Law

Bar association, attorneys say law firms should be among first industries to reopen, Long Island Business News

N.Y. to allow graduates to practice law before passing bar, Reuters

More than half of Americans support online voting during COVID-19 pandemic, second ABA civics survey shows, ABA Journal

Remote Work During COVID-19 Has Law Firms Wondering: How Much Real Estate Do We Really Need?, National Law Journal

Law Day centers on pledge to protect voting rights, Times Herald Record

Law Day 2020 Commemorates Access to Vote, Access to Justice in Unusual Circumstances, New York Law Journal

The Legal Industry’s Rapid Transition to the Cloud

Amid Crisis, Voting Rights Focus of Virtual Law Day

April 30, 2020

Relaxing Restrictions, NY Courts Say Electronic Motion Filing Is Set to Resume for Pending Cases, New York Law Journal

NY Court System To Further Expand Virtual Courts

Statement from State Bar President Association President Henry M. Greenberg Regarding Expansion of Matters to be Handled by Virtual Courts

COVID-19 Must Not Be Allowed To Interfere With Our Right To Vote, New York Law Journal

Federal Judicial Clerkship Hiring Process Revamped Due to COVID-19, National Law Journal

During Coronavirus Pandemic, NYSBA Seeks to Align with Bar Associations on Every Continent Around the World

Law Firms Are Already Virtual. It’s Time to Embrace It.

ABA, NYSBA Turn to Legal Tech Providers for COVID-19 Pro Bono Efforts, LegalTechNews

April 29, 2020

‘Motherhood Penalty’ May Fuel Workplace Lawsuits in Pandemic, Bloomberg Law

How Can Law Firms Safely Reopen? New York Bar Group to Make Recommendations, New York Law Journal

NYSBA planning for return to the office, NY Daily Record

3 New York judges died from coronavirus, almost 170 court workers infected, NY Post

During Pandemic, NYSBA Updates Public Health Legal Manual, Offers Free Download

NYSBA Works to Develop Plan to Bring Lawyers and Staff Back to Their Offices

Big Law Goes Virtual to Help ‘Dreamers’ Affected by Virus Crisis, Bloomberg Law

April 28, 2020

Coronavirus Highlights Unequal Access to Legal Services in Rural Communities

NY Bar Association offers free legal aid for denied unemployment claims during the pandemic, RochesterFirst

NYS Bar Association to offer free service if you’re denied an unemployment insurance claim, CNY Central

NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants, WENY News

Recently Elected NY Judge Dies Of COVID-19, Law 360

New York State Bar Association offers pro bono legal help to those with denied unemployment claims, WBNG

Free legal aid available for those denied jobless benefits, Buffalo News

NY Law Grads Can Do ‘Limited’ Legal Work Under Supervision, Chief Judge Says, New York Law Journal

Unmute Yourself and Raise Your Right Hand: NY Lawyers Sworn In on Skype, New York Law Journal

Pro Bono Legal Plan To Help People Secure Unemployment Benefits in NY Takes Shape, State of Politics

April 27, 2020

Virtual Law Day

Judiciary Prepares for Gradual Reopening During COVID-19, but Tells Courts to Heed Local Officials, New York Law Journal

Legal Industry Not First in Line as Cuomo Outlines Reopening Plan for New York Businesses, New York Law Journal

NYS Bar Association to offer free legal aid for denied unemployment insurance applicants, WRGB

Leave, Layoffs Atop Employers’ Minds As COVID-19 Persists, Law360

State bar association offers free unemployment insurance help, Times Union

Lawyers to provide free help with unemployment claims, Mid-Hudson News

Lawbeat: Pro Bono Scholars Program waived as grad requirement, Times Union

Virus Crisis Could Be Big Test of Law Firms’ Diversity Efforts, Bloomberg Law

April 26, 2020
Amid Ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Outlines Phased Plan to Re-open New York Starting With Construction and Manufacturing

Cuomo eyes construction, manufacturing for regional reopen in New York, Politico

April 25, 2020

Lawsuits Pile Up Against Coronavirus Lockdown Measures, Wall Street Journal

April 24, 2020

‘A Very Different Court System’: Marks Says There’s No Timeline for Lifting Ban on New ‘Nonessential’ Lawsuits in NY, New York Law Journal

BigLaw Leaders On Guiding Firms Through A Pandemic, Law360

Unprecedented: Massachusetts to Offer Its Own Online Bar Exam—If Necessary—Amid COVID-19, National Law Journal

Going Solo Mid-Pandemic, Staying Connected, Working Together From Home, National Law Journal

April 23, 2020

NYC students are suing colleges for refunds after coronavirus campus shutdowns, NY Post

Contact-tracing apps could help contain COVID-19 but raise thorny legal and privacy issues, ABA Journal

How the COVID-19 pandemic creates obstacles for sexual assault survivors, ABA Journal

Covid-19 task force offers free legal help during pandemic, Buffalo News

Law Schools Hit by Financial Fallout From COVID-19, National Law Journal

Remote Court Arguments Pose Challenges, New Routines for Lawyers, Bloomberg Law

April 22, 2020

In the Pandemic, State and Federal Judges Lean on Technology, National Law Journal

Remembering Henry Miller, “Larger Than Life” Trial Lawyer & Past NYSBA President

The Legal World Will Never Be the Same After COVID-19

Virtual reality for courts in Capital Region, Times Union

California Weighs Emergency Lawyer Licensing Due to Virus, Bloomberg Law

Adopting COVID-19 Cuts, Law Firms Balance Image and Economics, The American Lawyer

Judges Report 75% Drop In Court Activity During Pandemic, Law360

April 21, 2020

Advocates Urge Cuomo to Step Up COVID-19 Testing for NY Prisoners in Wake of New Data, New York Law Journal

The Second Circuit in the COVID-19 Era, New York Law Journal

Small Law Practices Frustrated With SBA’s Loan Fund Program, New York Law Journal

Advocating On Behalf Of Solo Practitioners and Small Firms Impacted By COVID-19

Working Face-to-Face But Not In-Person: How To Virtually Execute an Estate Plan

What Good Might Come Out Of The Coronavirus Crisis?, Above the Law 

April 20, 2020

NY State Bar Association creates task force to oversee COVID-19 pro bono attorneys, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

‘Herculean Effort’: DiFiore Hails Results of NY’s Expanded Virtual Court Operations, New York Law Journal

Henry Miller, Former State Bar President and ‘Trial Lawyer of the Old School,’ Dies at 89 Due to Coronavirus, New York Law Journal

Emergency Task Force for Solo and Small Firm Practitioners | Miranda Warnings

NYSBA Statement on the Passing of Past President Henry Miller

April 19, 2020
Gov calls on lawyers to work pro bono to help jobless, Altamont Enterprise

State Prison Virus Cases Mounting As Outside Figures Plateau, The City

Pandemic leads to ‘unthinkable’ in medical malpractice in NY, Times Union

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear dies of coronavirus, NY Post

Law Students in ‘No Man’s Land’ as Coronavirus Delays Bar Exams, Wall Street Journal

April 18, 2020

Dreamers Risking Their Lives for New York, Times Union

April 17, 2020

New York To Remain On “PAUSE” Until May 15

New York Bar Association establishes COVID emergency fund, Queens Daily Eagle

NY Members of Congress Demand ‘Aggressive and Immediate’ COVID-19 Prevention Steps at City’s Federal Jails, New York Law Journal

April 16, 2020

NY sees success with virtual court operations, WNYT

Lawyers Predict a ‘Huge Explosion’ in Worker Class Actions Over COVID-19

Shirtless Lawyers, Barking Dogs Herald Courtroom of the Future, Bloomberg News

As Traditional Firms Pull Back, Virtual Firms’ Opportunities Could Be Growing, Legaltech News

Will New York Have Enough Pro Bono Attorneys?, Spectrum News 

First Department Going ‘Virtual’ to Reopen Operations, Attorney Admissions, New York Law Journal

Brooklyn Federal Lockup Officials Describe ‘Shortage of Tests’ in Newly Filed Documents, New York Law Journal

Crisis brings out the best in New York’s lawyers, The Times

April 15, 2020

Due to COVID-19, Fewer International Students Could Hit Law Schools—Hard, National Law Journal

Partners at Cooley, Sullivan & Cromwell Join NY State Bar Association’s Coronavirus Recovery Task Force, New York Law Journal

COVID-19 Recovery Task Force Appointed To Oversee Pro Bono Network

COVID-19 Impacts State Budget Process, Clouds Spending Plan

NYSBA & Seoul Bar Association Offer Mutual Support in Face of Crisis

Legal Writing – More Important Than Ever in the Age of COVID-19

April 14, 2020

Pleas Mounting for Release of Inmates at Risk of COVID-19, New York Law Journal

How IP Lawyers Can Work Strategically During Pandemic, Law360

A Guide to Insurance Coverage for Business Losses Arising From the COVID-19 Pandemic

From Harvard to Ole Miss, Law Students’ Lives Disrupted by Virus, Bloomberg

April 13, 2020

COVID-19 and Your Law Firm: Present and Future

Supreme Court to Break Tradition, Hold Oral Arguments by Teleconference, Wall Street Journal

Virtual Courts Expanded; New Filings Still Banned, New York Law Journal

State Bar creates task force on COVID-19 to help small and solo practitioners, Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Lawyers offer pro bono help for New York’s unemployed, Times Union

Cuomo Administration Says Pro Bono Lawyer Network to Offer Assistance Soon, New York Law Journal

No One is Untouched: Help-Averse Lawyers Meet Helplessness in COVID-19

Cuomo teams with NYS Bar Association to help New Yorkers, Mid Hudson News

Gov. Cuomo Announces Court System & State Bar Association Will Assist Unemployed New Yorkers

Cuomo Says Northeast U.S. Governors Will Coordinate Reopenings, Bloomberg News

The Paul Weiss Coronavirus Resource Center Is Here To Help | Miranda Warnings

April 12, 2020

Coronavirus May Stall Key Supreme Court Rulings, Wall Street Journal

April 11, 2020

Volunteer attorneys sought to help with Covid-19 legal woes, Buffalo News

Cuomo: “We Believe We Have Stabilized Upstate,” Spectrum News

COVID-19 UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo takes up issue of politics and the way to reopen the state, 
Westfair Online

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Partnership With NYS Court System to Provide Pro Bono Legal Assistance to New Yorkers

Governor’s Daily Press Briefing

April 10, 2020

Court Officials Vow New Push to Enact DiFiore’s Reorganization Plan, After Its Exclusion From Budget Deal, New York Law Journal 

An Early Experience with Arbitration by Video

Coping With COVID-19, and Avoiding the “COVID 19”

SDNY Tightens Restrictions on Use of Manhattan Courthouses in Response to Coronavirus, New York Law Journal

Shift to Remote Civil Litigation Amid the Coronavirus Outbreak, New York Law Journal

April, 9, 2020

As More Doctors Immunized From Liability, What Happens to Medical Malpractice Lawsuits?, National Law Journal

New York Court System Plans to Relax Coronavirus Restrictions, New York Law Journal

President Greenberg’s Letter to the NY Congressional Delegation

Empire State Development Guidance on Executive Order 202.6

April 8, 2020

Citing COVID-19, High Court Litigators Seek Extensions, Law360

‘A Pro Bono Boom’: Doctors, Inmates & Immigrants Get Big Law Help as Pandemic Worsens, The American Lawyer

NYSBA’s Governing Body Holds Its First-Ever All-Virtual Meeting

With Bar Exam in Limbo, Momentum Builds for Supervised Practice Programs, New York Law Journal

Your ‘Non-Essential’ E-Filed Case COVID-Halted? Not Necessarily, New York Law Journal

Push To Release Inmates Intensifies After Rikers Death, State of Politics

Readers sound off on Dreamers, helping the homeless and divorce, NY Daily News

April 7, 2020

Counsel Who Care: How Attys Are Helping During Virus Crisis, Law360

Small Law Firms, Solo Lawyers Strain for Relief in $350B Pandemic Loan Program, The American Lawyer

At-Home LSAT Set to Debut Next Month Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, National Law Journal

Hank Greenberg Extols NY Lawyers’ Resilience During First-Ever Remote Meeting of NYSBA Delegates, New York Law Journal

State’s Virtual Courts to Begin Handling Some Non-Essential Business

Aiming for ‘Some Sense of Certainty,’ These Firms Committed to No Layoffs, Paycuts, The American Lawyer

AG James Cites COVID-19 Scams in Proposing Stronger Investment Adviser Oversight, New York Law Journal

Virtual Litigation’s Time Has Come, Bloomberg Law

April 6, 2020

Pandemic Could Jeopardize Law Firm Diversity Efforts, Law360

Job losses cause new stress for divorced parents paying child support, WNYT

Bar Exam Dates Finalized, New York Law Journal

‘Virtual Court’ Is in Session, New York Law Journal

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces NYS on Pause Functions Extended for Additional Two Weeks

Governor Cuomo orders NY PAUSE to continue until April 29; Regents exams canceled, WTEN

Man who survived a week on a ventilator tells his coronavirus story, Today Show

April 5, 2020
Coronavirus delays bar exam until fall, Times Union

April 4, 2o2o

Delays in New York Parole Violation Hearings Will Be Deadly, Advocates Warn in Federal Suit, New York Law Journal

Hank Greenberg to NYSBA House of Delegates: ‘This is Our Finest Hour’

April 3, 2020

Supreme Court postpones all April arguments because of coronavirus, NY Daily News

Task Force Wants to Scrap Portion of NY Bar Exam, Irrespective of COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal

‘It Was Groundhog Day’: Litigator Jim Walden Recounts Grueling 12 Days of Fever, Presumed Coronavirus, New York Law Journal

Law Firms Look for Right Mix of Layoffs, Pay Cuts to Survive, Bloomberg Law

April 2, 2020

Business Is Booming for Mediators as COVID-19 Cools Courts, Texas Lawyer

‘Virtual’ Court Opens in 4th, 8th and 9th Judicial Districts, New York Law Journal

Coronavirus Daily Update: Appellate Division Addressing Stalled Admissions

Big Law Lateral Market May Face ‘Shelter-in-Place’ Moment, Bloomberg Law

Meet the Lawyers on the Front Lines of the Coronavirus Crisis

Live From Your Laptop! It’s Videoconferencing

Coronavirus and the Commercial Tenant: A Guide to Dealing With Your Landlord During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 1, 2020

Important Statement Regarding Attorney Admissions

Kevin Duffy, Retired SDNY Judge Who Presided Over Mobster and Terrorist Trials, Dies From COVID-19, New York Law Journal

COVID-19 Puts Would-Be Lawyers’ Dreams On Hold, Law360

New York State Public Health Legal Manual, 2nd Ed.

Brooklyn Justice Johnny Lee Baynes Dies of Coronavirus Complications

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice’s Death Linked to Coronavirus, First for New York Judiciary, New York Law Journal

After NYSBA’s Recommendation, Court of Appeals Seeks Early September Bar Exam

Tips for Law Students During the #StayAtHome Semester

David Lat, Eyeing Hospital Discharge, Talks About His Battle and Donating Blood to COVID-19 Research, New York Law Journal

March 31, 2020

Daily Coronavirus Update: Virtual Court Operations to Go Statewide, COVID-19 Loan Assistance

New York Court of Appeals Calls for Bar Exam in ‘Early September’, New York Law Journal

Coronavirus Upends the Legal World, Lower Revenues and Job Cuts Likely

Court of Appeals Calls For Early September Rescheduled Bar Exam

Update on Rescheduling of July 2020 New York State Bar Exam

As Lawyers Adapt to ‘NY on PAUSE’, State Court System Expands Virtual Operations, New York Law Journal

Law Firms Need to Say It’s OK to Be Human Right Now, New York Law Journal

$5M Coming to Law Students Struggling Financially Amid COVID-19, New York Law Journal

Coronavirus could overwhelm legal help for America’s poor, Roll Call

March 30, 2020

NYSBA Task Force Seeks Early September Bar Exam

Why Lawyers Should Join Our Well-Being Roundtable

Pro bono network being organized for pandemic-related cases, NY Daily Record

Virus-Related Legal Disputes Spur N.Y. Push for Free Advice, Bloomberg Law

Amid More Bar Exam Delays, Push for Diploma Privilege Grows, National Law Journal

State Bar Association Task Force Calls For Early September Date For Rescheduled Bar Exam, Waiver On Distance Learning Credits And, If Necessary, Expanded Supervised Practice

NYSBA’s Virtual Hallway Immune to Social Distancing

NY State Court System Joins With New York State Bar Association To Launch Pro Bono Network To Respond To Pandemic

Hank Greenberg & Judy Perry Martinez | What The Legal Community Is Doing To Help Lawyers During Coronavirus Pandemic | Miranda Warnings

Lawyers Fear Billing Delays, Bonus Drops and Job Cuts Amid Virus Panic, LegalWeek

Remote Work May Change Attorneys’ Habits After Pandemic, Bloomberg Law

March 29, 2020

NY State Bar Association, Courts, To Launch Pro Bono Network to Help with Pandemic Response, New York Law Journal

Speaker Heastie Announces Assembly Will Pass a Resolution Providing for Special Temporary Procedures During a Declared State of Emergency

Cuomo Extends New York Social Distancing Guidelines To April 15—After Easter, Trump’s Preferred End Date, Forbes

March 28, 2020

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Moving New York Presidential Primary Election to June 23rd

Paycheck Protection FAQ for Small Businesses

Coronavirus Forces Courts to Experiment, Wall Street Journal

March 27, 2020

Manhattan federal court suspends jury trials amid coronavirus outbreak, NY Post

Agile But Vulnerable, Smaller Firms Fight To Weather Virus, Law360

Billable hour expectations remain the same, though work volume is ‘trending lower,’ survey says, ABA Journal

EEOC Answers Questions about the Pandemic and Antidiscrimination Laws in Recorded Webinar

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers

Good Privilege And Confidentiality Habits For Remote Attys, Law360

IRS Notice 2020-21

New York State Bar Exam Rescheduled for Fall 2020

NY State Bar support program reaches isolated lawyers, judges and students, Queens Daily Eagle

New York Postpones July Bar Exam Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal

Trusts and Estates in the Time of Coronavirus

Fall Bar Exam Added, Fate of July Test Uncertain Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, New York Law Journal

March 26, 2020

How Firms Can Rise Above COVID-19’s Unwelcome Changes, Law 360

Stimulus Bill Could Be Lifeline For Some Law Firms, Law 360

Mild Improvements for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain, New York Law Journal

Freeze in Most Civil Filings Brings Concern, Frustration for New York Litigators, New York Law Journal

Living Well in the Time of the Coronavirus

State Bar Association Launches Emergency Task Force To Assist Solo Practitioners, Small Law Firms, Impacted by Coronavirus

Coronavirus Forces N.Y. City Criminal and Family Courts to Go ‘Virtual’

Pandemic Threatens to Flood Courts With Contract Lawsuits, Bloomberg

Law Firms Set to Discover Meaning of ‘Bet the Company’ Work, Bloomberg

March 25, 2020

Letter from NYC Law Department

ELSN Section Chair to NYSBA Colleagues: ‘I Am Glad We Are in This Together’

The Olympics Are Canceled; Now Bring in the Lawyers

Pressure Grows to Better Address Bail Applications as COVID-19 Hits NY Federal Jails, New York Law Journal

Virtual Arraignments Raise Real Concerns In NY Courtroom, Law360

Chaos Brews in U.S. With Jumble of Conflicting Emergency Decrees, Bloomberg

How COVID-19 Will Affect Litigation In NY And Beyond, Law360

Brad Karp: The Legal Community Must Protect Workers and Small Businesses From Coronavirus Fallout, New York Law Journal

States Consider Delays to July Bar Exam In Response To Virus, Bloomberg Law

Prisons and courts get coronavirus help in Senate relief bill, Roll Call

Cuomo: Density control measures are working to slow coronavirus in NY, NY Post

More People Are Thinking About Their Wills, Forcing Lawyers to Improvise, Bloomberg Law

How to Work Remotely With Kids…And Not Lose Your Minds

March 24, 2020

DFS Emergency Regs – Mortgage (Exec. Order 202.9)

BigLaw Leaders Must Prepare For COVID-19 Economic Fallout, Law360 

NY Courts Report 2 Dozen COVID-19 Cases, Adding DA, Juror, Law 360

U.S. Department Of Labor Publishes Guidance Explaining Paid Sick Leave And Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Important News for Personal Injury Lawyers on Coronavirus, Bias Attacks

2 NY Law Firms Cut Staff, Salaries Amid Coronavirus Crisis, New York Law Journal

Statement From State Bar President Henry M. Greenberg Condemning Bias Incidents Relating To Coronavirus Aimed At Persons Of Asian & Jewish Descent

Law Schools Scramble To Educate Students in Fallout From Virus That Sent Students Home

Fast Moving Outbreak Shifts Regulatory Ground for Health Lawyers, Bloomberg Law

March 23, 2020

What alternatives to the July bar exam are being considered in light of COVID-19?, ABA Journal

Technical Difficulties: Courts Face COVID-19 Learning Curve, Law 360

Law Firms Left Out Of ‘Essential’ Biz Orders Amid Pandemic, Law 360

David Lat Undergoing ‘Experimental’ Drug Therapy, His Husband Says

New York State Bar Association Task Force Convenes On Emergency Basis To Consider Alternatives To The July Bar Examination

What Can Be Done To Help Stop The Spread of Coronavirus In NY Prisons?

Despite Crisis, Demand Soars for Many Lawyers’ Expertise

COVID-19’s Impact on Commercial Transactions and Disputes

Cuomo Suspends Statute of Limitations, Marks Defines ‘Essential’ Court Services in COVID-19 Response, New York Law Journal

Max Kenner | Coronavirus Is Coming To Prisons | Miranda Warnings

Pivoting in Place: What’s a Litigator to Do During the COVID-19 Crisis?

New York State Unified Court System Halts All But Essential Proceedings

COVID-19 Leaves Backlogged Courts With A Justice Pile-Up, Law360

Coronavirus Is Changing How Attorneys Work (Video), Bloomberg Law

Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Region Is Now an Epicenter of Global Pandemic, New York Times

The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say, New York Times

March 22, 2020
Virtual Court Operations to Commence in NYC Mid-week

Statement From State Bar President Henry Greenberg Urging President Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act

Coronavirus: NY Gov. Cuomo says state to start clinical drug trial, authorizes temporary hospitals, asks US to nationalize medical supply buying, CNBC

38 positive for coronavirus in NYC jails, including Rikers, Times Union

March 21, 2020

Governor Cuomo Announces Four Sites Identified by Army Corps of Engineers on Initial List of Temporary Hospitals

Italy, Pandemic’s New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World, New York Times

Latest update from Governor’s office

Law Firm Layoffs Amid COVID-19, Above the Law

How We’re Surviving as a Shut-In Workforce: ‘Know Where Your Mute Button Is’ and Be Patient, National Law Journal

March 20, 2020

Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The ‘New York State on Pause’ Executive Order

NYC Attorney Who Dies From Coronavirus Complications Remembered Fondly by Colleagues

SDNY Issues New Restrictions to Increase Social Distancing at Courthouses, New York Law Journal

State bar calls for suspension of legal case deadlines, Times Herald-Record

What You Need to Know About the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

New York State Goes on Pause

As Cuomo Imposes ‘100% Workforce Reduction,’ Law Firms Await Specific Details, New York Law Journal

Administrative Order Extending Assisted Outpatient Treatment Orders (Kendra’s Law)

New York governor mandates all non-essential workers must stay home, CNN

‘Maiden Voyage’ on a Stormy Sea: 2nd Circuit Holds 1st Set of Oral Argument Teleconference in Face of Coronavirus, New York Law Journal

Criminal Lawyers Scramble To Deal With New Challenges Amid Coronavirus

How BigLaw Can Support Parents During Social Distancing, Law360

Law Schools Adopt Pass-Fail Grades As They Move Online Amid COVID-19, National Law Journal

Coughing Lawyers. Uneasy Jurors. Can Courts Work Under Coronavirus?, New York Times

Courts to probe conflicting notes amid coronavirus craze, Times Union

March 19, 2020

Empire State Development Guidance on Executive Order 202.6

How the coronavirus is upending the criminal justice system, ABA Journal

Law Firm Partner, 57, Dies After COVID-19 Diagnosis, Bar Group Says, New York Law Journal

David Lat, Battling COVID-19, Speaks From Hospital About Fears, Hopes and What People Should Know

75% to Work from Home: Are Law Firms Ready?

COVID-19 Casts Cloud Over Summer Associate Classes

1st NY State Judge Tests Positive For COVID-19 In Queens

Manhattan Atty With COVID-19 Recovering Well, Wife Says

Virus Relief Expands Paid Leave, With Growing Calls For More

Governor Cuomo Signs Executive Order Mandating Businesses That Require In-Office Personnel to Decrease In-Office Workforce by 75 Percent

Message From NY Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie

Lawyer With Coronavirus Wonders What’s Next

Lawyer-Parents Confront Significant Burdens While Homebound by Coronavirus

Lawyers, Big Law Firms Confront Coronavirus Anxiety

Coronavirus Outbreak May Also Put Attorneys at Risk For Greater Cyber Infection

March 18, 2020

Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Guarantee Paid Leave for New Yorkers Under Mandatory or Precautionary Quarantine Due to COVID-19, March 18, 2020

Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Cuomo Announces Deployment of 1,000-Bed Hospital Ship ‘USNS Comfort’ to New York Harbor

NYSBA CLE Programs Pivot To Webinars During Coronavirus Shutdown

Dealing With Panic as Coronavirus Crisis Becomes New Normal

Expert Advice for Law Firms: How to Navigate the Coronavirus Crisis

March 17, 2020

Appellate Division, Second Department, Order Extending Deadlines

Appellate Division, First Department, Order Extending Deadlines

New York Court of Appeals Hears In-Person Arguments, Observing Social Distancing, New York Law Journal

Message from the Chief Judge

Appellate Division, Third Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Appellate Division, Second Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Appellate Division, First Department, Emergency Court Procedures

Governor Cuomo and Attorney General James Temporarily Suspend State Debt Collection in Response to Coronavirus

Governor Cuomo Announces Three-Way Agreement with Legislature on Paid Sick Leave Bill to Provide Immediate Assistance for New Yorkers Impacted By COVID-19

The high demand for lawyers amid the coronavirus pandemic, ABA Journal

March 16, 2020 

Information From the New York State Courts Regarding the Coronavirus

White House issues new guidelines for stopping spread of coronavirus, ABC News

During Coronavirus Briefing, Governor Cuomo Issues Executive Order Allowing State to Increase Hospital Capacity

Governor’s expanded powers during a public health emergency, Capitol Pressroom

Second Circuit Remains Open, With Restrictions, Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, New York Law Journal

Statement from Speaker Carl M. Heastie

BREAKING: Justices Postpone Upcoming Arguments, Law360

US Supreme Court Postpones Upcoming Arguments Amid Coronavirus Threat, New York Law Journal

Amid Lack of Federal Direction, Governor Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Regional Approach to Combatting COVID-19

Supreme Court Postponement of Oral Arguments

NYSBA’s 2020 Statewide Mock Trial Tournament

March 15, 2020 

Under Pressure: Legal Aid Attys Brace For Virus’s Impacts, Law 360

Office of Court Administration, Updated Protocols

Coronavirus in NYC: Resources You Need to Know

Statement from Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins

NY Courts to End ‘Nonessential’ Services, New York Law Journal

Statement from Speaker Carl Heastie

Courts Outside NYC Emergency Designated Locations List

Governor Cuomo’s Press Conference on the Coronavirus

Andrew Cuomo to President Trump: Mobilize the Military to Help Fight Coronavirus, New York Times

March 14, 2020 

Statement from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie

March 13, 2020 

New Jury Trials Postponed in New York, Jury Selection Suspended Until Further Notice

U.S. District Court Western District of NY, Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19

General Order #58, United States District Court for the Northern District of New York

Office of Court Administration, Procedures to Reduce Courthouse Traffic

Kings County, Civil Term, Important CCP Notice

Nation’s Top Law Schools Go Remote Over Virus Concerns, Bloomberg Law

March 12, 2020 

Manhattan federal courts suspend new trials due to coronavirus, NY Post

Notice from Court of Appeals

March 9, 2020 

Notice to the Bar: SDNY Announces Visitor Restriction


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Medical Malpractice Actions and Immunity in the Time of COVID-19

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Bringing Employees Back to the Office: Key Steps and Preparations for Law Firms

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Client’s Life Insurance & the SECURE Act

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Who Has the Constitutional Authority to “Reopen” the Country’s Economy in Light of the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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Estate and Gift Tax Planning During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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Sick and Safe Leave in NYS: Moving Beyond COVID-19

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The Financial Impact on Law Firms from COVID-19

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Navigating Real Estate Closing Logistics and 1031 Like-Kind Exchanges During COVID-19

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“I Am No Longer Covered” – Options Lawyers Need to Know When Either You or Your Client Loses Group Healthcare Coverage

Recorded on May 6th

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COVID-19 Insurance Primer: Business Interruption and Bodily Injury

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COVID-19 Tax Relief for Small Businesses and Individuals

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The Evolution of Executive Orders and the State Budget: Impact & Response During the COVID Crisis on Local Government

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COVID-19 Tax Relief for Individuals, Trusts and Estates

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Attorney Marketing: How to Grow During a Time of Crisis

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COVID-19: Legal Malpractice Perspectives on Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms

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Changes to the Medicaid Home Care Regime in New York State

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Pandemics and Planning: The Documents Every Attorney Should Have

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Advising Clients on Housing, Rent and Mortgages in Times of Uncertainty

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COVID-19 Paid Leave and Employee Benefits: Overview of Federal, NYS & NYC Laws

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Stimulus Package Survival Guide Part 2: Updates on Select Issues that Solos and Small Firms Should Know

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Mindfulness for Lawyers in a Time of Stress

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COVID-19 and Business Interruption Coverage: Policyholder and Insurer Perspective

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N.Y.S. Residential and Commercial Landlord-Tenant Law: From the Basics to What’s Happening Now

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Remote Execution of Estate Planning Documents 

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Persuasive Legal Writing in the Age of COVID-19

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Impact of COVID-19 on Incarcerated Individuals

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Applying for Unemployment: Client Counseling Under the CARES Act

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Small Law Firm’s Survival Guide to the COVID-19 Emergency: Practical Considerations, Personal and Client Cash Crunch Issues

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Deadlines and Extensions Under the COVID-19 Executive Order

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Navigating Success In-House in Tumultuous Times

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How to Navigate Business Interruption Insurance in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

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COVID-19: What Cash-Strapped Businesses Need to Know-Obtaining Funding and Debt Restructuring

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Arbitration in the Time of Coronavirus

Recorded on April 7th

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Financial and Valuation Impact on Your Client’s Business Resulting from COVID-19

Recorded on April 6th

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Managing Your Essential & Non-Essential Public Sector Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Recorded on April 6th

1.5 MCLE Credits


Lawyer as Employer: Handling Coronavirus Issues in the Workplace

Recorded on April 6th

1.0 MCLE Credit


Mediation in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Conduct an Effective Online Mediation – Observations & Tips for Mediators & Representatives

Recorded on April 3rd

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The Stimulus Package Survival Guide: What Solos and Small Firms Should Know

Recorded on April 2nd

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Coronavirus: Treatment, Legal & Insurance Issues

Recorded on April 1st

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A Pandemic Law Practice: Collaboration, Culture & Security

Recorded on March 31st

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How to Handle Legal Issues as a Healthcare Provider Dealing with Covid-19, Including Privacy, Employment Issues and Telemedicine

Recorded on March 27th

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Cyber-Protect Your Firm When You Work from Home

Recorded on March 18th

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Coronavirus: What Businesses Should Do to Prepare

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The well-being of attorneys is critical to the effective practice of law, the public trust, and the culture of our profession – all of which make it of paramount importance to the New York State Bar Association.

Being a lawyer is personally and professionally rewarding, but even during the best of times it also is stressful, exhausting, and taxing. Every lawyer “knows” that taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually is important to our well-being, but manifesting that self-care in the midst of a fast-paced, relentless profession feel out of reach for many of us. Trying to manage it during a world-wide health crisis makes it just that much more difficult.

We are here to help. Articles, programming, and other practical resources are available to guide and inform you in achieving a sense of balance and well-being and can be found here: Attorney Well-Being.

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