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  • If you are a NALP member but are not receiving NALP's communications such as NALPnow!, the weekly news digest, and emails on member resources, please contact support@nalp.org for assistance.
  • Virtual Town Hall meetings will be scheduled on a weekly basis and the recordings will be posted for member access. See the Virtual Town Hall page (member login required).
  • 2020 NALP Annual Education Conference Canceled. See below for more information.
  • 2020 Employment Report & Salary Survey (ERSS) deadline extended to April 24.


General Resources

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

Tips to Take Care and Tips to Take Care for Managers (PDF)
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8 Tips to Maintain Professional Development & Connections During Coronavirus
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March 23, 2020

NALP Urges Members to Communicate about COVID-Related Changes

Dear Colleague,

Never have innovation, flexibility, fairness, and wellness been more important. As our law school and legal employer members are actively working through the impact of the current situation on summer programs and recruiting plans, we urge each member institution to consider how it can best innovate through this time of crisis in a way that is fair to all while keeping in mind the wellness of all the stakeholders involved. NALP's Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process are more relevant than ever. We urge you to turn to them as you make decisions about how to proceed, and we encourage you to have frank and honest conversations with each other across the employer-school aisle as you work to make the best decisions you can under extraordinarily difficult and changing circumstances.

In recent days there have been calls for NALP to influence the upcoming recruiting process by moving it to January 2021. While it would certainly be reasonable to reevaluate the timing of recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic, mandating a specific timeframe for when the recruitment season should take place is not something that NALP is able to do. NALP stands between the highly regulated world of higher education and the incredibly competitive free market of legal employment. NALP does not have authority to regulate the market. As the primary professional association for our members, however, we can embolden our members to maintain the highest ethical standards, and to strive for policies and procedures that are bound by reasonableness and that provide all members with the flexibility necessary to move forward in an incredibly uncertain marketplace.

We urge employers to reach out to law schools and to students with whom you have commitments to communicate about preferences and decisions as they are being considered and made. Similarly, we urge law schools to reach out to employers with whom their students have relationships to communicate their ideas as well as the challenges they and their students are facing at this moment. We continue to believe that the Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process can provide helpful guidance for all parties involved in legal recruitment — law schools, law students, and legal employers.

Successful recruitment of law students requires good judgment and good faith from law schools, job candidates, and employers, even in times of duress. We are heartened to learn about our members reaching across the aisle and thinking reasonably and creatively about new ways to recruit given the realities everyone is facing. We encourage all participants to continue to act reasonably, in good faith, and keeping in mind our law student, lawyer and member well-being. Our member organizations are diverse and their needs are varied, and we have grown well past "one size fits all" standards, while at the same time remaining bound together by our common desire for diversity, access, and fairness.

Beginning this week, NALP will be convening weekly virtual town hall meetings to bring members together to discuss the challenges they are facing and the solutions they are considering. Also, we will be developing a place on the NALP website for members to post policy and calendar decisions they have made, including information about temporary grading regimes, summer program plans, and decisions about law student recruiting.

We have complete faith in our members to continue to talk to one another across the aisle and find creative solutions to the many challenges we currently face. During the current state of civil emergency we do not believe that there can necessarily be uniform solutions that might serve all institutions, but we do believe firmly that there are a multiplicity of solutions that will serve all of our member institutions, and that will preserve the fundamental values of fairness, access, and transparency that we all hold so dearly.

Sincerely,
Georgia Emery Gray, President
James Leipold, Executive Director



March 16, 2020

NALP Cancels 2020 Annual Education Conference in Montreal

Dear Colleague,

We are writing to let you know that NALP's 2020 Annual Education Conference that is scheduled for April 28-May 1 in Montreal has been canceled. Our concern for the health and safety of our members and staff as well as recent developments in Canada led the NALP Board of Directors to make this very difficult decision. Among other developments, at the end of last week the Premier of Quebec banned all gatherings of more than 250 people and the Mayor of Montreal announced the city is closing all sports and cultural centers until further notice amid concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

The rapidly developing issues surrounding COVID-19 and the actions taken by the government in Canada make it impossible to hold an in-person meeting such as the one we had planned. We know that this will come as an enormous disappointment to many members as we all look forward to the vibrant exchange of information and ideas the annual conference gives us every year. We will be working hard to find new ways to promote the exchange of ideas over the next few weeks and months.

What Happens Next?

  • Everyone who has registered for the conference will receive a full refund of their registration fee. It is not necessary to contact NALP about your refund, which will be processed automatically. If you previously cancelled your conference registration, you will be refunded any processing fees previously charged to you. Please allow at least 30 days for your refund to be processed.
  • Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you've made, such as travel and hotel reservations.
  • We are developing plans to deliver content intended for presentation in Montreal by alternate means, including via free member webinars and Bulletin articles.
  • We are also working on plans to host other meetings that typically occur during the Annual Education Conference, including business meetings, elections, section meetings, and other training sessions, by alternative means.

We thank you and the entire NALP community for your patience and understanding as we made this extremely difficult decision. We look forward to welcoming you to Scottsdale in 2021 as we all celebrate NALP's 50 anniversary.

--
Georgia Emery Gray, President
James Leipold, Executive Director


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