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MCBA President’s Message: MCBA and the reopening of Rochester: Leadership for recovery
By Carolyn Nussbaum
Dated: 5/14/20

As the Rochester region looks forward to a gradual reopening, the legal profession and the justice system face profound challenges. The shutdown has wrought changes that impact virtually every aspect of the legal system. The closure of state courts has delayed resolution of disputes and sidelined many litigators. Matters that are moving forward are forcing lawyers and the courts to find new ways to communicate, operate and get the work done.

At the same time, many lawyers are addressing legal issues that did not even exist a few months ago. Transactional lawyers are counseling clients on brand new funding options (with incomplete and evolving rules and guidelines), drafting disclosures of novel unknown uncertainties, and working to keep deals on track. Labor and employment counsel have had to quickly learn the rules of new benefit and leave policies and programs, while advising employers on developing, implementing and managing working from home policies, furloughs, layoffs and review and analysis of potential claims and defenses of non-performance.

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