With the federal government shutdown coming to the end of its fourth week, the American Bar Association is offering free continuing legal education programs to attorneys and others impacted as a result.
Titled “ABA Cares 2019,” the national association is offering five free CLE programs to all lawyers and other professionals affected by the shutdown. The CLE programs focus on a wide range of legal issues, including ethics, disaster response and cybersecurity.
“The American Bar Association appreciates all the hard work done by lawyers who keep our government running,” ABA President Bob Carlson said in a statement. “By offering free CLE courses, we are trying to show that we recognize their efforts and will try to assist them through these trying times.”
The five CLE programs are:
• Government Lawyers’ Ethical Duties: Staying Current Amid 21st Century Changes
• Flying Through Government Thunder Clouds: Navigating Cloud Procurements, Cybersecurity & Regulatory Issues in the Public Sector
• The False Claims Act and Government Contracts: The Intersection of Federal Government Contracts, Administrative Law, and Civil Fraud
• Disaster Resiliency: How Tax Attorneys Can Assist When a Disaster Strikes
• Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach—HIPAA, FTC, and EU GDPR Implications
Those interested in partaking in the free CLEs may do so through February. Lawyers have six months following registration to complete the courses. The free CLEs are also available to attorneys who are not ABA members.
According to the ABA, the shutdown’s impact on the legal profession continues to grow. The federal court system has remained operational, relying on court fees and other funds to continue court work through Jan. 25.
Also, most immigration courts have closed as a result of the shutdown, the ABA says, adding to a backlog of more than 800,000 cases.