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Trial Lawyers Association launches platform to help provide COVID-19 related assistance

May 4, 2020 Rob Abruzzese
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The New York State Trial Lawyers Association announced on Tuesday that it has created a platform designed to assist attorneys navigate legal issues and law practice management during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The platform is a list server that is meant to augment its existing COVID-19 resource page and will enable more interactions between members, and non-members, of the bar association.

“Attorneys from Brooklyn to Buffalo are finding new ways to help their communities and one another during the Covid-19 crisis,” said Michele Mirman, president of NYSTLA. “We are creating a dedicated platform for members of the legal community to ask questions and share advice with one another. Our members’ number one priority is to fight for our clients’ rights — and we want to ensure they have the tools and guidance they need to continue to do that as effectively as possible.”

“Despite these really challenging circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been incredible to see attorneys across New York stepping up to help in any way that they can,” said Edward Steinberg, president-elect for NYSTLA. “We developed this platform to be a resource for lawyers and to share critical advice, information and best practices in real-time as we continue to fight for our clients and keep our offices operational.”

The online community will be moderated and managed by lawyers from across the state. It hopes to foster conversations around issues such as court announcements and breaking legal news, new technologies and services available to assist law practices, and information about web conferences and specialty topics. It will also provide access to online CLE (Continuing Legal Education) courses.

These online CLEs have been popular so far with approximately 350 people joining in. Recent topics included “Top 10 Things Every Trial Lawyer Needs to Know Right Now,” which discussed technical and practical tips for remote working, “The CARES Act & BEYOND — What Law Firms Need to Know in the Time of COVID-19,” and a “Livingroom Chat” with Comptroller Scott Stringer.

The NYSTLA is also planning future webinars with State Senate Judiciary Chairman Brad Hoylman and Attorney General Letitia James.

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