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.
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
Federal judges question constitutionality of Texas governor’s COVID-19 orders — In two recent cases, federal judges in Texas have called into question the constitutionality of the orders, saying the orders lacked specifics about important processes. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer
Experts: Gov. Abbott acting within his legal authority with coronavirus executive orders (video) — Texas law gives governors wide latitude not only to act in times of disaster, but also to define what constitutes as a disaster. — USA Today Network
Analysis: How law firms can maximize COVID-19 insurance coverage — Amid this uncertainty, many law firm leaders are wondering if they can turn to their insurers to recover losses arising from COVID-19. (Subscription required) — Law360
Texas’ age limit for mail-in ballots discriminates against Latinos, LULAC argues in new lawsuit — The civil rights group is raising questions of constitutionality and violations of the federal Voting Rights Act because the pool of voters eligible to vote by mail based on age is predominantly white. — The Texas Tribune
Essential workers in Brownsville worry about health, while OSHA lets employers set own protections (audio) — Kathryn Youker of Texas RioGrande Legal Aid said there’s a huge demand for information right now about employment rights and that her office has gotten a lot of calls lately. — Texas Public Radio
For workers with health problems in Texas, anxiety and confusion over returning to jobs — Some employees who are at high risk for COVID-19 fear they will be kicked off unemployment if they cannot return to work because of health concerns. The state says their cases will be taken on a case-by-case basis. — The Dallas Morning News
Texas prisons to begin widespread coronavirus testing for inmates with self-administered tests — The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said it will begin having prisoners test themselves with a newly approved test. So far, less than 2% of state prisoners have been tested for the virus. — The Texas Tribune
How hosting a national pandemic summit aided Nebraska courts with its COVID-19 response (podcast) — When the novel coronavirus began sweeping across the U.S. earlier this year, Nebraska’s judicial system was better prepared to rapidly adjust its operations than some of its counterparts in other states. — ABA Journal
Federal government to name nursing homes with coronavirus cases — The federal government is stepping in, promising to publish facility names and other information by the end of the month. Texas has refused to provide data. — KVUE – Austin
Cold cases get colder as coronavirus pandemic wears on — Police departments nationwide are grappling with changes the virus has wrought on their investigations, even as law enforcement agencies report major decreases in crime due to stay-at-home orders. — The Associated Press
Learn something new and beat cabin fever: Explore museums or take a virtual cooking class — Bored at home? Have you already checked our list of things you can do this week? No problem. We’ve got a few more ideas of things you can learn. — Texas Public Radio
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