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State Bar operating with limited staffing, limited access to public
The State Bar of Montana is operating with limited public access to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus. The office remains open with limited staffing to maintain essential services. We ask all those with items they need to deliver to the bar to mail them rather than dropping them off at the office. Please mail to State Bar of Montana, P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624.
Most staff members are working remotely during this emergency and the best way to reach them is via email. Please see our STAFF DIRECTORY, where you can find staff members' job duties and contact information.
Stay-at-Home Directive in place
On Thursday, March 26, Gov. Steve Bullock issued a directive ordering Montanans to stay at home and all non-essential businesses and operations to cease.
SBM COVID-19 RESOLUTION: The State Bar Board of Trustees passed an emergency resolution addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic in a special meeting on Monday, March 23. The resolution, among other things, addresses impending compliance deadlines in light of the pandemic restrictions, suspends requirements for in-person meetings in the bar's bylaws.
The Montana Supreme Court issued a Friday, March 27, memo providing guidance on COVID-19 following Gov. Bullock's stay-at-home directive. (March 13 memo and March 17 memo)
Many state judicial districts in Montana have issued orders in response to the emergency. These local orders are listed on the Montana Judicial Branch website, which will be updated as new orders are received.
The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana issued a new order on Friday, March 27, in response to Gov. Bullock's stay-at-home directive. The new order amends and supersedes a previous order on court operations.
Free Legal Professional Support Services: The LawSites blog has compiled a list of products and services offered by companies for free to support the work of legal professionals during the coronavirus crisis.
Keeping Sane While Sheltering in Place: The Indiana State Bar Association's Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program has compiled a list of ideas for lawyers and their families (and anyone else) to stay positive and keep busy while practicing "social distancing." It includes sections such as: Being Social; Staying Physically Active; Learning a New Skill; Trying a New Recipe; Asking for Help; and much more.
American Bar Association: The ABA has extensive information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for lawyers.
Open Public Meeting Guidelines:The Montana Attorney General's Office has issued guidelines for conducting open public meetings during the emergency.
Information from world, U.S., and state health organizations: