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Coronavirus Update: North Providence Municipal Court; Providence City Hall- Title Searches; Aon Attorneys Advantage Resources; Upcoming Employment Law CLE; Mindfulness Webinar

We will continue to pass along pertinent information related to the coronavirus crisis as we receive it.

North Providence Municipal Court Chief Judge Robert A. Peretti has the following message for Bar members interested in North Providence Municipal Court operations: Please be advised that all sessions of the North Providence Municipal Court have been cancelled for March and April. Persons who have matters scheduled during this period will be notified by mail of a new court date. Information regarding the Court sessions can be found on the North Providence Police Department website at For those wishing to pay their ticket, payments can be made by mail or online (in person payments are being discouraged at this time).

Please be advised of the following information related to title searches during the Providence City Hall closure: Although Providence City Hall is closed to the public, title searches can be completed online for transactions between August 1, 2004 to the present through the Recorder of Deeds web page. For earlier transactions, the City has arranged the services of a title attorney to search records prior to August 2004. The link to online records as well as the application to request title services can be found at

Aon Attorneys Advantage, the Bar's recommended liability insurance provider, has created a Coronavirus Resource Center specifically for their law firm clients and broker partners so they may quickly and easily access relevant news, articles, links and information created by Wilson Elser. Even if you aren't a client of Aon, their resources may be useful to Bar members:

  • How to Navigate the Coronavirus: A Reference Guide for Employers - A compilation of the recommendations offered by agencies such as the CDC, WHO, EEOC and OSHA, along with the answers to questions such as, “What issues should you consider during a state of emergency?”
  • Employment Law Questions Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic - Can you prohibit an exposed employee from returning to work? Can you require them to get tested? What do you do if the employee tests positive or they need to care for a family member?  Learn the answers to these important questions and more.
  • Coronavirus: Considerations for Liability and Workers’ Compensation Insurance - Find out whether the coronavirus will likely be covered under General Liability and Workers’ Compensation policies. Includes links to articles on Business Interruption and Event Cancellation Insurance.

Please be sure to mark your calendars for an employment law/COVID-19 RIBA CLE program presented by Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training Executive Counsel Sean Fontes, Esq., scheduled for Friday, April 10th at 11:00am. More information on this webinar will be sent out later this week.

The National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being, The Mindfulness in Law Society, and Brown University School of Public Health Mindfulness Center are sponsoring a free, 1-hour webinar, Maintaining Our Balance During COVID, on March 26th at 6:30 pm. The webinar focuses on what well-being means for lawyers at this time, and how to practice mindfulness. Click here for more information and to register.