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

State Bar COVID-19 update: membership fees and free CLE — State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent this update to members on Friday. — Texas Bar Blog

OCA issues updated guidance on conducting court proceedings — In light of Governor Greg Abbott’s April 17 executive orders to loosen restrictions on healthcare procedures and select retail services and create a “strike force” to open Texas, the Office of Court Administration issued the following updated guidance for all courts in Texas. — Texas Bar Blog

Texas judge issues order that could greatly expand mail-in voting — A state district judge issued a temporary injunction expanding who can qualify for an absentee ballot for the upcoming elections. — The Texas Tribune

Gov. Abbott outlines plan to relax restrictions and gradually reopen Texas economy (audio) — Gov. Greg Abbott announced a plan to gradually reopen aspects of the state’s economy, with a goal of allowing Texans to return to work while containing the spread of COVID-19. — KUT – Austin

Law puts expansive emergency power in Abbott’s hands — Multiple lawsuits are seeking to overturn Abbott’s stay-home order or limit his reach on abortion, voting and criminal justice, with attorneys for Texas fighting to keep the expanded powers within the governor’s grasp. — Austin American-Statesman

Commentary: The effects of COVID-19 on Texan lawyers and insurers — As millions of Americans shelter-in-place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, lawsuits concerning COVID-19 losses have surged in the United States and will probably flood case dockets for years to come. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

What workers, employers should know as businesses begin to reopen (video) — Employment attorney Rogge Dunn says new laws have given added protections to workers that many aren’t aware of. — WFAA – Dallas

Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown argues inmate lawsuit should be tossed, governor agrees — This lawsuit, filed last week against the county and Brown, is one of a handful pending in federal and state court challenging the current bail system in Texas. — The Dallas Morning News

5th Texas execution delayed in midst of virus outbreak — A fifth scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate has been delayed because of the coronavirus spread around the state. Carlos Treviño’s execution, which had been set for June 3, was postponed to Sept. 30. — The Associated Press

Paxton opposes federal judge’s order for widespread testing, hand sanitizer at Texas prison — The state on Friday appealed a federal judge’s order calling for widespread COVID-19 testing and hand sanitizer for all inmates at the geriatric prison outside Houston. (Subscription required) — Houston Chronicle

Amid the epidemic, it can be hard to know what’s going on behind closed doors (audio) — Cities and some states across the country have closed up their public record offices and relaxed sunshine laws during the coronavirus epidemic. — NPR

ICE can’t duck class action over detainees’ poor access to health care — A federal judge in California advanced a nationwide class action lawsuit over poor access to medical and mental health care at federal detention facilities, as infections rise among detainees. — Courthouse News Service

Laredo, a key Texas border crossing, uses strict coronavirus measures as it fears spread to rest of US — With curfews, anti-gathering orders and a requirement to wear masks, Laredo has implemented some of the strictest protective measures in the nation. — The Texas Tribune


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