Law Office Management in Quarantine

Law Office Management in Quarantine

On this page you will find videos, articles and other resources to help manage your law office in this unprecedented time.  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.

On-Demand Videos (CLE)

Solo/Small Firms
Building Your Practice During and After COVID-19
Ann Guinn, G&P Associates(September 2020)
1.00 Law and Legal CLE Credits

  • Develop legal services to meet your clients' new needs
  • Attract new business when so many traditional strategies are no longer possible due to COVID-19
  • Increase efficiency to become more cost-effective for your clients and boost your revenues

Free for KCBA Members

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Virtual Mediation and Facilitation in the Age of COVID-19
Tom Melançon, Office of Strategy & Development Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (May 2020)
1.25 Law and Legal CLE Credits

  • Compare/contrast virtual platforms
  • Protecting security and confidentiality of meetings

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

“Curbside” Checkout and Limited Room Reservations at the Law Library
On October 6, Gov. Jay Inslee issued new guidance for Phase 2 and 3 library services. While the news media made it sound like Washington public libraries would be throwing open their doors, in reality, the new guidance maintains most of the current restrictions.

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

Subchapter V to Chapter 11:  The COVID-19 Rescue Package That Arrived Before COVID-19
According to the International Monetary Fund, U.S. unemployment hit 10.4% as of June 29. It was 3.7% this time last year.1 In response, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES), providing nearly $3 trillion in financial relief to offset the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.2 Although hopes are fading for another round of stimulus, perhaps the most effective tool doesn’t involve going further in debt.

By Chris Chicoine – November 2020 Bar Bulletin – Read More>

Family Law During the Coronavirus: Change is Good
“Change is good, change is good, change is good . . . ,“ I intone to myself as I walk into the courthouse each day. Well . . . not really; but perhaps I should. The central issues that we grapple with every day in family law have remained much the same — ensuring that children’s best interests are served when parents are in conflict, addressing families’ financial disputes consistent with law and equity, entering orders to protect adult and child victims of abuse. But there are new challenges associated with our current circumstances.

By Judge Janet Helson - September 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>

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 - July 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >

Maintaining a Strong Company Culture in a Virtual Workplace
Each business has a defined culture, and business leaders must identify that culture in order to improve or keep it strong and visible. Your business’ culture influences everything you do — the decisions you make, the decisions your team makes, and the way you work with your customers. When you’re all together in the workplace, team members can easily share your company’s cultural values with each other. However, when we move into a virtual space, we can lose those key cultural norms that connect our team members together. 

By Michelle Bomberger - 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 >

COVID-19: Justice Delayed
By Deborah Fleck - May 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 >

COVID-19 Insurance Challenges
COVID-19 is likely to give rise to significant insured losses. It goes without saying that health coverage is implicated. Infected employees will be unable to work, either due to symptoms or to prevent spreading the disease to coworkers. Particularly in the hospitality and entertainment industries, businesses are losing money due to declining customers, either due to public fear of infection or to mandatory social distancing measures. These losses implicate coverage under health, property, and disability insurance policies.

By McKean J. Evans - May 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >

Marketing Tips for Your Practice During the Coronavirus
We obviously face uncertainties as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across our country and throughout the world. Solo practitioners and small firms, themselves, are also presented with misgivings due to challenges with working remotely, closed courts, and downturns in workflow. It’s important, though, to acknowledge the fact that we will rise above these difficult times. With this in mind, attorneys should use any type of current downtime to position their firms for life post the coronavirus. This means doing the following to better market their firm and capture new clients.

By Dustin Reichard - 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 - April 2020 Bar Bulletin -  Read More >

The Coronavirus and Employment
The COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. Governor Jay Inslee has closed restaurants (except for take-out), bars, and schools in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.1 Some employees are at home because they are sick, caring for family members who are sick, or are being quarantined. All of this tumult raises a very important question for workers: if they cannot work for a reason related to the COVID-19 pandemic, when does the law require that they be paid?

By Carolyn Ladd - April 2020 Bar Bulletin - Read More >  

Law Library: Access Law Library Services Remotely
It is difficult to predict what will happen in the next week, three weeks, or month in terms of the coronavirus. As I write this column in early March, Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency, both the University of Washington and Seattle University have suspended all in-person classes, and the major tech companies are encouraging employees to work from home. King County Superior and District Courts are operating on their regular schedules although Superior Court is encouraging telephonic hearings and minimizing non-essential court appearances and has broadened the excuse-for-cause criteria for potential jurors. 

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

Reports/Articles /and Additional Resources