Boston Law Collaborative’s COVID-19 Policy

BLC’s COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Policy is to provide information and reassurance to help protect all of our clients, guests and employees.

To help protect BLC’s community, we have canceled all upcoming trainings, and will be sending updates once they have been rescheduled.

For those visiting our offices, we are taking precautions by washing our hands, offering hand sanitizer, implementing a “no-handshake policy,” are minimizing communal food, and suggest parties and attendees do not exchange business cards. We are also making sure that our meeting space is thoroughly cleaned before and after each use by wiping down the tables and chairs, and using Lysol spray on items.

For those who do not want to or are unable to make it to an in-person meeting, we have the capacity for videoconferencing or telephone sessions; and during this time period, we will be offering free cancellations.

BLC would like to remind everyone:

  • If you think you have been exposed to someone with the virus or are experiencing symptoms, please do not go out.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

BLC is continuing to monitor updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local officials, and will continue to monitor the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our clients and employees.

Statutes and Ethics Opinions

Collaborative Law (“CL”) has become an increasingly important method of resolving conflict. Statutes authorizing the use of CL have been adopted in ten states – please click on the states below for a copy of the statute from that state:

Uniform Collaborative Law Act (2010)

Alabama

California

Hawaii

Maryland

Michigan

Nevada

North Carolina

Ohio

Texas

Utah

Washington

Washington, D.C.

Legal ethics opinions have been issued in fifteen states – most of them supportive of CL but some of them sounding a note of caution, particularly with regard to informed consent (i.e., it is important for the client to understand fully what CL is about and also the alternatives to CL). Please click on the names of the states below for a copy of the opinion from that state:

Alaska

Colorado

Kentucky

Connecticut

Maine

Maryland

Minnesota

Missouri

New Jersey

North Carolina

North Dakota

Ohio

Pennsylvania

South Carolina

Washington

In August 2007, the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility issued a favorable opinion (#07-447) about Collaborative Law, which can be accessed by clicking here.

In addition, the Collaborative Law Committee of the ABA Dispute Resolution Section issued a draft report in October 2008, summarizing these ethics opinions, and that report can be access by clicking here.