American Bar Association Webinars

In coordination with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, CHHS Associate Directors Amy Major and Megan Timmins recently developed and taught a series of three “Surviving a Disaster” business continuity webinars for ABA members. The webinars were built upon the content of the ABA’s guide: Surviving a Disaster: A Guide to Disaster Planning for Bar Associations, which was drafted by CHHS for the Disaster Committee. The webinar introduced participants to the basic concepts of continuity planning and addressed key planning issues for anyone in the legal profession who is interested in creating a continuity plan for his or her organization, whether it be a law firm, a legal services organization, or a bar association.

The major areas of business continuity planning were divided into three distinct modules that participants could register for individually, or attend the entire series. The first module, “Surviving a Disaster, From the Ordinary to the Extraordinary: Is Your Law Firm Prepared?,” provided a general overview of continuity planning and taught participants how to identify their organization’s essential functions and ensure that communications can continue to run smoothly during and after an emergency. The second module, “Surviving a Disaster: People and Records, Protecting Your Most Vital Assets,” provided strategies for managing personnel and identifying and protecting vital records and equipment during a disaster. The third module, “Surviving a Disaster: Putting It All Together, Writing and Testing a Business Continuity Plan,” gave insight into the best ways to create a business continuity plan and instructed participants on the use of training and exercises to ensure that the plan remains a viable tool and resource for organizational users.

The Center has enjoyed a long collaborative relationship with the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness. CHHS Founder and Director Michael Greenberger formerly served as a liaison to the Committee and Major is currently serving her second term as a member of the Committee. CHHS looks forward to assisting that Committee in future endeavors as it strives to assist the legal community in enhancing its preparedness and response capabilities.

This text is taken from the CHHS Fall 2014 Newsletter

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