Working Remotely During COVID-19

Working Remotely During COVID-19

On this page you will find videos, articles and other resources to help support teleworking in the new virtual world.  Some items are available to everyone, while some are only available to KCBA members.  If you select a video that was produced by our pro bono services department, you will see language that asks if you have permission (which you do) to view and also asks that you become a volunteer within six months.  Although we are always looking for volunteers, and hope you will consider volunteering, we understand that you may not be able to do so at this time.

Please join us for a FREE CLE program presented by the Washington Chapter of ABOTA.
Litigating Civil Jury Trials in 2021: A guide from the bench on how to navigate your case in the age of COVID-19
March 10, 2021 12:00pm-1:30pm PST
1.5 CLE credits 

 Register at:  

A three judge panel discussion will present the latest information and tips to litigate a civil case within their respective jurisdictions.  Judge Marsha Pechman will discuss the latest information from the Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington, Judge Matt Williams and Judge Tim Ashcraft will present important information to litigate in King and Pierce County Superior Courts.

  • Judge Marsha Pechman,   Federal District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Judge Matt Williams, King County Superior Court
  • Judge Tim Ashcraft, Pierce County Superior Court


  • Roy Umlauf, Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.
  • Tom Vertetis, Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala PLLC

 This CLE program is FREE to any interested attorney. Registration is required via the link above and is limited to the first 500 people. 
Once you register, you will receive an email with information for joining the webinar.

On Demand Videos (CLE)

COVID 19 Impact on Court Operations: Insights & Tools for Practicing in the King County Ex Parte Department
Commissioners Moore and Judson and Nadia Simpson, King County Superior Court (December 2020)
1.00 Law and Legal CLE Credit

  • Explore the technology adopted by King County Superior Court that enables lawyers to practice in this new virtual Ex Parte.
  • Discussion: platforms such as zoom and more that may aid in the way you connect and interact with clients, colleagues, and the Court.
  • Reviewed: court’s expectations as well as new and ongoing operational changes that go hand-in-hand with these tools.

Free for KCBA Members

Ethical Considerations During the Pandemic
Jeffrey T. Kestle and Lori W. Hurl | Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S. (May 2020)
1.00 Ethics CLE Credit

  • Competency in new and emerging areas of law
  • Attorney’s duty to communicate
  • Responsibilities of partners, supervisory and managing lawyers
  • Confidentiality of information

$40 for KCBA Members; $65 for Non-KCBA Members

Remote Bench Trials in the King County Superior Court
An overview of the pretrial conference, preparing for a remote trial via Zoom, and remote trial procedure.
Judge Keenan and Judge Rosen, King County Superior Court; Jane Morrow, Otorowski Morrow & Golden, PLLC; Isham Reavis, Aoki Law; Katie J. Comstock, Levy, Von Beck, Comstock, P.S.; Armando Padron-Cruz, Deputy Assistant Prosecutor; Colin Mieling, Schroeter Goldmark & Bender (June 2020)

.50 Law & Legal and .75 Ethics CLE Credits: Total of 1.25 CLE Credits
Free to download for KCBA members and nonmembers.

Bar Bulletin Articles

Working Remotely:  Issues for and Solutions for the Workplace Community
Back in June, I co-presented a webinar called, “Reopening the Workplace Post-COVID” with another member of my firm, Erin McCool. At that time, employers and employees were adapting to what most assumed would be a short-term closure of their workplaces. Since then, many employers have come to realize that allowing employees to work from home can be beneficial to the workplace community, and they have allowed some employees to work from home at least part-time on a permanent basis.

By Karen Sutherland - November 2020 Bar Bulletin – Read More>

Not Even Remotely Close(D)
Under Washington State’s “Safe Reopening” Plan, public libraries fall under Phase 3 for reopening. With the spikes of COVID-19 cases in other parts of the country that have loosened restrictions, it’s unlikely that King County Law Library is going to be able to reopen our physical doors to the public in the near future. Not to worry though, there are a lot of exciting things happening remotely at the Law Library with some even improving on what we were able to offer pre-COVID.

By Barbara Engstrom - August 2020 Bar Bulletin – Read More>

Keeping Up with Changes
Ensuring compliance with state and local court rules is an essential task for any attorney’s office. Thankfully, in regular times, there is generally plenty of notice of impending rule changes. Unfortunately, COVID-19 makes these unusual times, with offices not only dealing with the human consequences of the “new normal” but also scrambling to adjust their procedures to rapidly changing rules and directives.

By Cortney Sage - August 2020 Bar Bulletin – Read More>

Supporting our Family Law Clients in Virtual Mediations
Like so many colleagues, I have engaged in a number of meetings and Collaborative divorce sessions in the virtual environment over the last few months, and I have been intrigued by the behavior and impact on the participants when we use virtual platforms for legal negotiations.

By Alexis Squier Bar Bulletin - July 2020 Bar Bulletin -  Read More >

Legal Reference in the Time of COVID: Making the Law Accessible Remotely
Before the COVID pandemic, when our reference interactions were either in person or over the phone, it was easy enough for us to perform a detailed reference interview and then guide our patrons to the resources most responsive to their issue on our website or in our print collection. As with all things in this new COVID impacted world, our service model has been completely up ended.

By Barbara Swatt Engstrom Bar Bulletin - July 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >

Keeping Cases Moving During a Pandemic: Virtual ADR Works
The coronavirus pandemic has turned the legal field upside down, but perhaps on the other side, we will find we have really broadened our horizons in alternative dispute resolution (ADR). I will discuss how mediators and arbitrators can help in this new online reality — but first, let’s take a look at where we are right now.

By Deborah Fleck Bar Bulletin - June 2020 Bar Bulletin -  Read More >

Working from Home? Here are 12 Steps to Reduce Data Privacy and Security Risk
Businesses are instituting widespread remote work policies and procedures to facilitate social distancing and “flatten the curve.” Enterprises simultaneously need to be mindful of increased data privacy and security risks. The risks can range from pandemic-related phishing emails to increased pressure on network architecture to well-intentioned employee shortcuts. Hackers will try to take advantage of uncertain and sometimes chaotic circumstances. Below is a checklist of fundamental measures businesses and employees should implement to mitigate the data privacy and security risks associated with working remotely.

By Hunter Ferguson, Ronak Chokhani, and Jon Washburn Bar Bulletin - May 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >

Serving Justice from Home: Working Remotely During the COVID-19 Crisis
As the novel coronavirus spreads in Washington and our government has asked us to stay home to protect public safety, many of us in the legal profession are choosing (or being required) to work remotely. Some attorneys were already prepared with a virtual office, and some have a habit of working from home already. For many others, however, it will be a new experience. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows that only 29 percent of Americans work from home regularly.

By Jennifer Payseno Bar Bulletin - April 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >