ABA urges firms to form disaster plans

July 21, 2011
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It’s a topic we’ve covered numerous times in print and in this blog: disaster planning. The American Bar Association believes this topic is important, so it’s using its annual meeting to encourage lawyers to actually create disaster plans.

As ABA outgoing president Stephen Zack pointed out, a disaster doesn’t have to be a tornado or earthquake – it could be something as small as a burst pipe in the room that holds the computer servers. Zack has made disaster response and preparedness a theme for his year as ABA president.

We asked readers in June through our online survey if their firm or office has a disaster plan in place. If the responses are representative of Indiana’s offices, then two-thirds of you reading this don’t have one.

Why? Is it cost-prohibitive? Is it laziness? Is it a feeling that your firm is indestructible or a disaster won’t affect your office?

For those feeling inspired to create one, the ABA offers a guide to disaster planning.

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