Editor’s Note: The State Bar of Texas is providing this collection of important links, blog posts, and media stories to keep its members and the public informed of the latest news and resources related to the novel coronavirus outbreak and its impact on the legal community.

Important links

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Legal Resources Page — Texasbar.com/coronavirus

State Bar of Texas Coronavirus Public Resources Page — Texasbar.com/COVIDHelp

Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program Well-being Resources page — Texasbar.com/remote-well-being

12 tips to market your law practice during the COVID-19 pandemic — Lawyers have a unique opportunity during the COVID-19 outbreak to capture new files and business. — ABA Journal

Working remotely: Tips for law firm success — In this post, we’re sharing five tips for lawyers and law firms who engage in remote work, whether for the first time or as part of your regular routine. — Texas Bar Blog

Commentary: Three things litigators must do during COVID-19 — To continue to adhere to the calling that requires litigators to be the custodians of the ideals of our society, there are a few things litigators must do in order to uphold that calling during this global pandemic. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

COVID-19 response ‘could bankrupt the insurance industry’: insurance defense lawyer — He’s confident that any government attempt to rewrite insurance contracts would ultimately be deemed unconstitutional under the Contracts Clause of Takings Clause. But havoc could rain down on the industry in the meantime, he said. — Reuters

Texas tax breaks help in disasters — just not public health disasters — Property tax exemptions and sales tax holidays only offer savings for events like hurricanes or floods. — The Texas Tribune

Dallas County judges hear criminal cases via video as coronavirus spreads — Jury trials have been postponed until May as courts to go virtual and remote to keep operating. — The Dallas Morning News

Lubbock DA officials look to resume grand jury in May — Lubbock County grand jury meetings could resume in May after a two-month hiatus following restrictions put in place by state and local officials to curb the spread of the coronavirus. — Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

For some couples, too much togetherness can lead to divorce (audio) — Some family attorneys say they’ve seen a spike in calls during the COVID-19 pandemic from people contemplating divorce. — KERA – Dallas

As business for tenant lawyers ramps up, Austin residents are worried about paying rent (video) — Renters have had questions about their rights during the coronavirus pandemic. KVUE went to a lawyer to get some answers. — KVUE – Austin

3M lawsuit says Dallas-area fraudster stole its trademark in bid to sell overpriced masks — The manufacturer says in a lawsuit filed in state district court in Dallas County that an unknown person used a mailbox store in Irving to offer to sell New York City officials the protective respirator masks that are in high demand. — The Dallas Morning News

First ICE detainee tests positive for COVID-19 in Texas — A detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 at an immigration detention center in Livingston, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. — Houston Public Media

US Justice Department sides with church in COVID-19 religious dispute — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday weighed in on the potential imposition on religious rights caused by COVID-19 state shutdown orders. — Reuters

Still not sure if your business is essential? There’s a form for that — Shoppers aren’t the only ones confused. The Texas Division of Emergency Management is the state agency fielding those requests. — The Dallas Morning News

Texas AG: Playing on golf courses OK with precautions; but are golfers following them? — The nonbinding letter from the Texas Attorney General’s Office is the latest word on whether golf courses can remain open under shelter-in-place orders. — Wichita Falls Times Record News

IRS stimulus check status tracker is now online. Here’s what you need to know (video) — You may already have the money in your bank account, or it may still be on the way. Here’s how you can track the payment. — KHOU – Houston


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