I hope that everyone is doing well during this time of crisis, and that you are taking advantage of your current situation, no matter where you are sitting, to spend a little extra time with your family and loved ones.
As the nation continues to address the Covid-19 pandemic, I am sure that, for many of us, the disruption from the current reality has generated some stress (personally and professionally), but also some opportunities. Regardless of your situation, what I do know is that as a community full of refugees and immigrants, many of us have experienced as much chaos, if not more; and one thing I do know is that we are a resilient bunch, that we will get through this while forging closer bonds with our families, friends, colleagues and clients, and that we will emerge stronger as a community.
I am writing to let you know that the NCVAA board has met and will continue to meet regularly to monitor the progress of this pandemic as it relates to our 2020 annual conference in New York City this October. Although our conference is still about six months away, I have met with the Conference Organizing Committee to discuss potential options to the extent the pandemic prolongs, and will update everyone as soon as possible on whether there will be any changes to our planned October conference.
In the meantime, I would encourage you to take advantage of the various committees that we have in place, and connect with our NCVAA colleagues to discuss any interests, to exchange ideas, or to solicit feedback on any issues that you may have. For your convenience, here is a list of our NCVAA committees and the respective chair or co-chairs:
- Best Practice Committee – Catherine Than (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Communications Committee – Alice Truong (email@example.com) and Michael Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Conference Organizing Committee – Van Le (email@example.com) and Sonia Nguyen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- In-House Committee – Quynh Chi Nguyen (email@example.com)
- Mentoring Committee – Bill Pham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Partners Committee – Luan Tran (email@example.com)
- Young Lawyers Committee – Thuy Bui (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sophia Mai (email@example.com)
For those looking for best practices on how to manage your client files during this stay-at-home order, our Best Practice Committee, in conjunction with one of our colleagues Jim Tran, is planning to host a Zoom conference call to discuss “Managing Client Files During the Lockdown.” The call will take place next Wednesday, April 8 at 2 pm, CDT. If you would like to register for the call or have any questions, please reach out directly to Jim Tran at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, for those who have clients that may be affected by the Covid-19 pandemic or whose practice may be affected, President Trump signed into law, on Friday March 27, 2020, the CARES Act to provide additional relief under the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program to assist those qualified business concerns and individuals affected by Covid-19. Here is an Alert from my firm with a brief overview of the relief available to small and other business concerns.
Despite what is happening around us, and regardless of where you are, for many of us, the practice of law comes with many blessings. This crisis, I believe, gives all of us an opportunity to be better and get stronger. And when the doors are again open, I am confident that we all will be ready for the new normal.
Until next time, be well and safe.
Chinh H. Pham
NCVAA President 2019-2020