As small businesses continue to confront the challenges presented by COVID-19, Robinson+Cole and the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) have announced that they will continue to facilitate the Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic and provide pro bono services throughout the fall to members of Connecticut’s small business community affected by the pandemic.
Since it was launched in May, the Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic has served over 60 clients by providing free, limited-scope legal advice on issues related to the pandemic. The clinic offers qualifying small businesses and nonprofits of 25 or fewer employees with a free 45-minute phone or virtual consultation with pro bono attorneys who can answer legal questions and help determine the best path forward for those companies. Consultations include help with understanding the legislative language in the CARES Act and Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), and answering questions related to employment, contracts, potential liability, commercial leases, and insolvency issues.
“Providing pro bono service to our communities has been a cornerstone of our firm’s 175-year history,” said Stephen E. Goldman, Managing Partner of Robinson+Cole. “We are pleased to work with the Connecticut Bar Association and other participating law firms and in-house legal departments to continue helping small businesses navigate the unique challenges they face during this unprecedented time.”
“The CBA is pleased to collaborate with Connecticut law firms, corporations, and volunteer attorneys to respond to the immediate and increasing legal needs of small businesses arising from the Coronavirus pandemic by sponsoring the COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic.” said Keith Soressi, Executive Director of the CBA.
Those interested in learning more about the Connecticut COVID-19 Small Business Virtual Legal Clinic, including registration for small business as well as attorney volunteers, please visit https://www.ctbar.org/home/coronavirus-response/covid-19-small-business-virtual-legal-clinic.
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