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ISBA President Leslie Craig Henderzahs interviews Chief Justice Loretta Rush on COVID-19 impact

Thursday, March 26, 2020  
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Today, ISBA President Leslie Craig Henderzahs interviewed Chief Justice Loretta Rush about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on legal professionals in Indiana. In this first-ever “Barside Chat,” Leslie led a candid conversation with the Chief Justice, asking questions submitted by ISBA members.

Topics included the importance of legal services during this time, methods for staying healthy and engaged (both mentally and physically), and the many resources that the courts, ISBA, JLAP, and other organizations across the state have available for those in the legal community.

The Chief Justice also addressed members’ questions about practical concerns such as tolling deadlines, the use of video and remote technology, the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on the upcoming bar exam, and how practitioners should continue expanding their skillset during this unconventional period.

“We have a directory of CLEs on our website,” said the Chief Justice. “Learn a new area. We’re going to have a lot of pro se litigants who are going to need a tremendous amount of help. Maybe just pick one area you want to learn about – doing expungement, helping with housing, guardianship—but take a CLE in a new area through using distance learning.”

Leslie inquired how Hoosier legal professionals can help support the courts. The Chief Justice advised, "We have an innovation initiative. This pandemic has sped up the reality that we have to deliver services in different ways, and better. There is a survey for all your members to fill out. If you’ve got a great idea, we want to hear it. …While you’re sitting in this pandemic thinking of a great idea, please take time to fill that out and get it to us.

View the Barside Chat here.