CBA President's Message, 0620 COBJ, Vol. 49, No. 6 Pg. 4

AuthorBY KATHLEEN HEARN CROSHAL
PositionVol. 49, 6 [Page 4]

49 Colo.Law. 4

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Vol. 49, No. 6 [Page 4]

Colorado Lawyer

June, 2020

Rockin; and Rollin

BY KATHLEEN HEARN CROSHAL

If you’ve heard me introduce myself, you’ve heard my signature introduction: “I was born in Sandusky, Ohio—the roller coaster capital—and was raised in the suburbs of Cleveland—the home of rock and roll. And my life has been going up and down and round and round and rock ’n’ and rolling ever since.” This year as CBA president has been no exception.

Oh, what a year it has been!

Pandemic

I am writing this message from my home with a stay-at-home order in effect due to COVTD-19. By the time this issue reaches you, who knows where this pandemic will have taken us. Hopefully, we will be on the other side of its grip and will be starting to see the silver linings we have found as a result of it.

Because this pandemic is such a unique experience for all of us, I want to say a bit about it. My last official act on the road for the CBA was a presidential visit to the Heart of the Rockies Bar Association in Salida on March 11. By March 16, the CBA office was closed and staff had transitioned to remotely working from home. The staff did an amazing job of transitioning and then adding to their regular workloads to help members adapt to the changes in our lives and law practices due to COVID-19. Helpful information continues to be accessible on cobar.org via a not-to-be-missed red link to the information.

Even though I was now working from home, the number of meetings and phone calls actually increased. Of course, the meetings were being done virtually. I wasn't spending four to six hours driving from Pueblo to Denver and back for meetings several days most weeks, but the extra needs as a result of the pandemic took a lot of time and effort. I didn't have as much quiet time at home as you might think. This was probably a blessing, as I also haven't been feeling too confined or going too stir crazy.

The CBA has been very involved and working behind the scenes with the courts, the legislature, and the governor's office on various legal and law practice issues caused by the pandemic and resulting stay-at-home order. Of course, access to justice is a major focus of the CBA's work. During this pandemic, it has taken on a new urgency with the additional legal needs of so many in our state. Fortunately, the CBA and DBA already have programs in place to provide access to justice and pro bono legal services, such as the Federal Pro Se Clinic and Metro Volunteer Lawyers. The CBA has also developed a strong working relationship with the Legal Aid Foundation and Colorado Legal Services, and it continues to play a role in ensuring that legal services needed during the pandemic are available, including by assisting solo and small firms by providing information on monies that may be available to them through the Payroll Protection Program.

The CBA also dusted off our Disaster Legal Services Plan, which was...

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