Coronavirus (COVID-19): City Bar Response and Resources

Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other authorities, the New York City Bar Association has closed its building through at least September 8. While in-person events have been postponed or canceled, City Bar staff is working remotely, as are the City Bar’s 150 committees as they continue holding committee meetings electronically, researching and writing reports and statements (click Reports tab on the left), and organizing online programs and CLEs (or click Events tab on the left). This page is intended to serve as a hub to keep the City Bar’s members and the public informed on the Association’s activities and other helpful resources during the crisis. Scroll down to read about our pro bono work, legal referral service, small law firms center, higlights of COVID-19 related court directives and executive orders, and more.

City Bar Justice Center Resources

CLEs and Programs

We are updating our roster of On-Demand CLE programs, creating new, timely CLE programming to be delivered via live webinars, and moving some of the upcoming spring programming to the live webinar platform.

Lawyers Assistance Project - Mental Health & Well-being

The City Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program is a free, confidential service for attorneys, judges, law students and their family members in New York City who are struggling with alcohol or drug use, depression, anxiety and stress, as well as other addictions and mental health issues, remains available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at 212-302-5787.

City Bar Legal Referral Service

The Legal Referral Service is fully operational with all attorney referral counselors and participating lawyers working remotely. The call is free and, if referred, the initial virtual or phone consultation will be free and will last for up to 30 minutes. Call 212-626-7373 (212-626-7374 en español) or submit a lawyer referral request online.

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Emergency Court Directives and Executive Orders You Should Know About

The City Bar spotlights administrative and executive orders issued in response to the coronavirus pandemic that may impact legal practice. You can find each week’s collected in our Monday eNews. To keep up to date, please check the Office of Court Administration’s COVID-19 webpage, individual court websites, and sign up for alerts from OCA here. The Governor’s Executive Orders are here.

Association Library Resources

To serve the legal community, the library’s member online services will continue to be available, as will Casemaker, the online legal research platform that is free for its members.

Small Law Firm Center 

The Small Law Firm Center continues to produce specialized programming on effective client relations, business development, marketing and more. It has launched remote weekly chats where solo and small-firm practitioners can share best practices and help one another during this period. If you are a solo or small-firm practitioner and would like to be included, please contact Eve Guillergan, Small Law Firm Center Manager.

More information about Small Law Firm Center resources is available in its monthly eNews.

Customer Relations

Customer Relations can be reached by email at or by calling 212-382-6663.

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City Bar CLE Programs and Events in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

March 2020 – September 2020


Model Attestation Clause

With the pandemic continuing to impede our ability to conduct face-to-face meetings, some New Yorkers are now executing their Last Will and Testament remotely. The Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee has drafted a model attestation clause for use by those who bear witness to wills by live video conference.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Support for Provisions of the HEROES Act - Letter to New York Congressional Representatives, July 24, 2020
The HEROES Act is an extensive COVID-19 relief package that was passed by the House of Representatives in May. This letter outlines support for a number of provisions contained in the bill and urges their inclusion in any final relief package that is adopted. Issues include funding for civil legal services, providing proportionate relief for nonprofit organizations, reducing and protecting prison populations and adopting consumer protections. Significant policy and funding decisions need to be made across a wide variety of areas in crisis, including housing and education, but the letter is limited to those areas on which the City Bar has previously urged Congressional action.