NLADA Message Regarding COVID-19

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Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

From Jo-Ann Wallace, President & CEO

We are in unprecedented times. Over the span of a few weeks, we have been faced with something many of us have never experienced. For the individuals represented by NLADA members, the COVID-19 pandemic is exponentially more threatening. At NLADA, we know that our members and community of civil, client and public defense advocates are among those serving others in times of crisis as well as calm.  

I want to reassure you that NLADA, like so many others, is keeping abreast of the evolving situation by monitoring the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and U.S. state and local health authorities for instruction and guidance. We will continue to monitor this changing situation and will be posting relevant updates on our website, These will include any adjustments to upcoming conferences, meetings or trainings that are postponed, rescheduled or cancelled. As the science on this pandemic evolves, our top priority is everyone’s health and safety, and our decisions will be guided by this priority.  

Effective today, NLADA has instituted remote work.  Our operations are not suspended. Our team is available to support and respond to the needs and concerns of advocates who are serving communities across the country. As always, our experts are collaborating with many others to ensure high-quality and critical services are delivered, while addressing new and emerging needs. We stand with you as you do the same. We will continue to convene conversations, provide information and resources and advocate for the necessary tools. We encourage you to reach out if we can support your work and the challenges you are facing.

Our hearts are with everyone impacted by this crisis, and the many more who may be in the coming period. We applaud the many heroes working around the clock to combat the many heads of this pandemic – those in healthcare risking their own safety to battle this disease and those, like you, who are battling its collateral effects. While we are in unchartered territory, we know we will get through this as we keep each other safe and come out stronger.