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

Gov. Greg Abbott to let restaurants, movie theaters and malls open with limited capacity Friday — The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%. Abbott said the state’s stay-at-home order “has done its job to slow the growth of COVID-19.” — The Texas Tribune

Texas court operation guidance — The Office of Court Administration issued updated guidance Monday after Chief Justice Nathan Hecht issued a 12th Emergency Order renewing and amending several previous orders. — Office of Court Administration

Some taxpayers may be entitled to sizable tax refunds for past tax years through provisions of the CARES Act — In many cases, utilization of the changes in the tax law may result in tax refunds for tax paid in prior years. — Texas Bar Blog

Commentary: How to engage with an audience in crisis — Lawyers need to strike a delicate balance between remaining relevant by positioning ourselves as thought leaders and behaving sympathetically to a world in crisis. — Stacey E. Burke blog

Small businesses say rescue loans come with too many strings attached — The loans can be forgivable — meaning they won’t necessarily have to be paid back. But there are conditions on forgiveness. One big one: 75% of the forgiven amount must be spent on payroll. — NPR

Bankrupt San Antonio-area business sues SBA over rejected coronavirus relief loan — Asteria Education is suing the SBA in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Antonio, alleging that the agency has overstepped its authority in barring companies in Chapter 11 from participating in the loan program. (Subscription required) — San Antonio Express-News

Bankruptcy courts report fewer filings despite coronavirus. But there is fear the water’s drawing back before a tsunami — America’s bankruptcy courts are yet to see a surge in filings despite the mass job losses amid what is predicted to be a deep and punishing recession, and many are even reporting a drop in cases. — Newsweek

As businesses prepare to reopen, workers weigh COVID-19 risk against the need for a paycheck — If a business reopens and an employee chooses not to return to work, they become ineligible for unemployment, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. — The Texas Tribune

Supreme Court refuses to block public charge rule in request citing COVID-19 impact — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to block the Trump administration’s public charge rule curbing green cards and visas for people on public benefits. — ABA Journal

Federal judge rejects request for release of medically vulnerable Dallas County Jail inmates — A federal judge denied the ACLU’s request to release inmates over 50 years of age or who are medically vulnerable from the Dallas County Jail, where several inmates and employees have tested positive for Covid-19. — Courthouse News Service

Voting rights for people in jail is becoming another casualty of COVID-19 — Some 470,000 Americans who are detained in city and county jails nationwide have a constitutional right to vote by mail, according to the U.S. Supreme Court. — ABA Journal

For some law students, clinic work during COVID-19 feels more real than ever before — Although most of the law students are getting little if any actual court time, the clinics provide direct experience working with clients in emergency situations, who rely on legal advice for matters that may be life changing. — ABA Journal

A Houston law student is using 3D printers to help health care workers — South Texas College of Law Houston student Jessica Livsey and her family have manufactured 1,400 ear guards and donated them for free to health care workers in Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, California, and more locations. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer


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