Bar Association Planning Guide

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CHHS Helps Enhance Bar Associations’ Emergency Preparedness

In coordination with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, CHHS recently developed a guide to help state and local bar associations and other legal services organizations enhance their emergency preparedness. The guide, entitled Surviving a Disaster: Guide to Disaster Planning for Bar Associations, is an online resource available for free to ABA Members. It provides a template and best practices for organizations to create or enhance their business continuity plans to ensure they will be able to maintain essential functions for up to 30 days following an emergency or disaster.

As part of ABA’s official release of the guide, CHHS Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins served as instructors for a webinar outlining its contents, leading participants through the major aspects of business continuity planning. Topics covered included the importance of developing a plan, as well as fundamental components of continuity plans and strategies for ensuring those plans are maintained, tested, and updated on a regular basis.

The guide and webinar are just the latest efforts CHHS has made to assist the Special Committee in carrying out its long-term goals. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger has served as a liaison to the Special Committee for many years, and Associate Director Amy Major was recently appointed by the President of the ABA to a one-year term on the Special Committee. Through this relationship with the Special Committee, both Mr. Greenberger and Ms. Major hope to continue to provide expert assistance on emergency preparedness to lawyers, law firms, bar associations, and legal services organizations across the country.

This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2013 Newsletter.

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