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

8 of the nation’s leading lawyers discuss impacts of COVID-19 on their practice areas — For lawyers and the legal system, the issues presented by the novel coronavirus have been as novel as the virus itself. — ABA Journal

Texas lawyers, use this guide today to track your county’s operating plan as courthouses reopen — Learn about new health and safety procedures ahead of your local courthouse’s reopening, using this infographic to search for your county judiciary’s COVID-19 operating plan. (Subscription required) — Texas Lawyer

Commentary: ‘When will I get my trial?’ Being a criminal defense attorney during COVID — My work right now is more psychology than law because there’s really not much I can do to advance cases without being able to start a trial. — Above the Law

As Texas businesses reopen, a short-lived coronavirus safety net is dismantled — Eviction proceedings have resumed, enough that legal aid attorneys anticipate a crush of work. Debt collections can start again, freezing struggling Texans’ bank accounts. — Houston Public Media

From safer-at-home to safer-at-work: the EEOC issues guidance to help reopening employers manage “high risk” employees — Are you ready to protect employees at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 as you reopen? — The Employer Report blog

After coronavirus, office workers might face unexpected health threats — When you finally return to work after the lockdown, coronavirus might not be the only illness you need to worry about contracting at the office. — The New York Times

SMU’s law school launches helpline — SMU’s Dedman School of Law launched an emergency helpline yesterday that offers North Texas residents the opportunity to secure free legal assistance with matters related to the COVID-19 pandemic. — KTVT – Fort Worth

Need a witness for your mail-in ballot? New pandemic lawsuits challenge old rules — With the widespread expansion of vote-by-mail this year in response to the pandemic, both major political parties and their allies are waging an intense legal battle to shape the rules around absentee and mail-in voting. — NPR

Attorney donates rooms to healthcare workers — Alan Rhodes, Amarillo attorney, has found a way to help local nurses, first responders and doctors in Lubbock and Amarillo with one of their most basic needs — a place to sleep. — Lubbock Avalanche-Journal


To keep up on the latest legal news from around the state, sign up for the State Bar of Texas’ Daily News Briefing by clicking here.