The health and safety of our members and staff is of the utmost importance to the ISBA. While developments related to COVID-19 continue to unfold, the ISBA is monitoring a variety of sources, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, World Health Organization, Illinois Department of Public Health, Cook County Department for Public Health, and the State of Illinois for the latest updates.
ISBA Meetings, Events, and Programs
Currently, the ISBA is taking the following actions:
ISBA Offices & Operations
The ISBA staff is fully prepared to continue to serve the membership, subject the current curtailment of in-person meetings, events, and programs. Staff may be contacted by telephone or email. For the time being, the ISBA’s offices in Chicago and Springfield will not be open.
ISBA Business Meetings
Until further notice, all ISBA business meetings will be conducted via conference call or video conferencing. Any questions regarding remote attendance should be directed to the section council’s or committee’s staff liaison.
Until further notice, all in-person ISBA events have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
ISBA CLE Programs
Until further notice, the ISBA will not be providing live in-person programs. All live on-site CLE programs will be canceled, postponed, or delivered as webcasts or webinars. Please check the Upcoming CLE page for the current status.
The ISBA has created a COVID-19 Community devoted to the pandemic on ISBA Central. The community is open to all ISBA members and is designed to help attorneys share information with their colleagues throughout Illinois.
ISBA articles on COVID-19 are now easily available in one place and we have made the section newsletter articles on COVID-19 available to all ISBA members regardless of section membership. (Bar News posts on COVID-19 can be found below on the page you are on now.)
The ISBA has developed a number of COVID-19 CLE programs related to changing laws and practice issues to assist you in staying current with legal developments during the pandemic.
Quick Takes for Your Practice: COVID-19 Series
Quick Takes for Your Practice: COVID-19 Series is our special series of short 3-5 minute videos with members from different practice areas sharing their top tips on maintaining a practice, advising clients, and meeting client needs during this emergency.
Under Illinois’ COVID-19 vaccination plan, those who work in the legal profession may be eligible to receive the vaccination in Phase 1(c). To learn more about county-specific vaccination plans, visit your county’s department of public health website.
Judicial Information and Closings
The ISBA has provided a list of updates to Illinois court operations. Please refer back to this page as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available. A remote hearings directory has been created for the Supreme, Appellate, and Circuit Courts in Illinois.
Executive Branch Information
The ISBA has provided a list of updates and resources from Illinois’ executive branch. Please refer back to this page as it will be updated with new information as it becomes available.
Small Business Resources
The ISBA has provided a list of small business resources for attorneys who may be interested in federal and state governmental actions that may affect them as employers and businesses.
Attorney Mental Health and Wellness Resources
The ISBA has compiled a list of mental health and wellness resources for attorneys, which are provided by the ABA Commission on Lawyers Assistance Program.
Latest From The Bar News
ISBA members from across the state provide helpful advice for other attorneys during the COVID-19 pandemic.