A Message From BBA President Christine Netski

Dear Boston Bar Association Member:

It has been a busy and challenging time for everyone. We are collectively experiencing unprecedented disruption in our lives, our communities and our society as the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold. As always, our most important responsibilities center around our families and loved ones and it is encouraging to see how our community is coming together to help those most in need.

Many lawyers are at the forefront of helping our government entities and non-profit organizations respond to a rapidly evolving and uncharted landscape. And, of course, as lawyers, we are all working to meet the needs of a wide range of clients, many of whom are navigating issues of immense and often immediate consequence to their businesses, employees, and families.

As you know, the BBA has postponed many programs and has moved all leadership-level meetings to conference calls or on-line platforms through April 24. The BBA staff is working remotely and we appreciate your patience as we adjust to our new environment.

As a more virtual gathering place and resource for our members, here’s what we are currently working on:

  • Programs: The BBA is transitioning as many programs as possible to online platforms. 

We are asking all Sections, Forums, and Industry Groups to keep the content coming. As we and the rest of the BBA’s 13,000 members settle into a world of working remotely, we will all value the sense of community that comes from working on and learning together about areas of common interest.

We are also soliciting proposals from our members and member benefit providers who would like to present webinars on any legal, law firm management, or business development topics, or would like to share content (video or written) that they have already created.

  • Steering committee and advisory committee meetings: All Sections, Forums, and Industry Group steering and advisory committees continue to meet by phone to discuss emerging legal issues and needs in their practice areas, as well as upcoming program ideas.
  • Policy and Community Engagement: As lawyers, we are bound together by a common set of values, beliefs and ethics, and a shared understanding that in moments of crisis especially, the rule of law must be sustained and supported to ensure that our constitutional democracy remains strong.

Our Lawyer Referral Service lines remain open and many people are reaching out to us to help them find legal assistance. We will let members know what we are learning about the specific legal issues that residents of the Greater Boston community are experiencing and, as always, we remain committed to ensuring that the neediest among us continue to have access to the justice system.

Finally, and very importantly, we are working closely with the courts to deliver timely information about what is happening within the justice system and we will continue to do so.

For the most current information on what the BBA is doing, please visit [this page] on our website frequently.

Thank you for being part of the BBA family. We value your commitment and contributions to our profession and are looking forward to continuing to serve you.  

Christine M. Netski