Editor’s note: The following message concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar updates was sent to all members on September 18.
This message includes updated information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other State Bar updates. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
Supreme Court of Texas Emergency Orders
The Supreme Court of Texas issued its 25th and 26th Emergency Orders of the pandemic this week.
The 25th Emergency Order limits eviction proceedings in certain circumstances in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s order temporarily halting some evictions. The 25th order also requires certain information to be included with an eviction petition and citation.
The 26th Emergency Order bans all in-person jury proceedings before December 1 in justice and municipal courts; permits district, county, and probate courts to hold in-person jury trials only after certain actions; perm
its courts to hold virtual jury proceedings in certain cases with technology provided to prospective jurors; extends the possession and access to a child provisions from previous orders; and extends the ability for an attorney professional disciplinary or disability proceeding to conduct proceedings remotely.
View all of the court’s emergency orders that remain in effect here.
Governor’s COVID-19 Orders Update
Governor Greg Abbott issued executive orders on September 17 expanding the capacity of certain services in Texas and addressing hospital capacity in the state. Find the full list of the governor’s executive orders here.
State Bar of Texas Board of Directors Quarterly Meeting
The State Bar Board of Directors quarterly meeting will begin at 9 a.m. CDT September 25. View the full agenda here. The meeting will be held via videoconference and streamed live on the State Bar’s YouTube page — youtube.com/statebaroftexas.
To sign up to speak during the meeting, please email email@example.com or call 800-204-2222, Ext. 1706 (toll free) before 5 p.m. CDT September 24. Please provide the agenda item number you wish to speak on. Written comments must be received by 5 p.m. CDT September 22 for timely distribution to the board before the meeting. Please submit written comments by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take Care of Yourselves
In this challenging time, it’s important to take care of yourselves. We invite you to take advantage of the well-being resources for remote living collected by the Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program and to join us at noon CDT on September 23 as part of TLAP’s Monthly Mental Health Lunch & Learn Well-Being Wednesdays series via Zoom. Next week’s session is How Lawyers Can Overcome Impostor Syndrome and Paul Bunyanism and will feature special guests:
- Alan K. Haynes, assistant dean of law student affairs at St. Mary’s University School of Law
- Tiffany Anschutz, president and founder of Sage Recovery and Wellness
- Shawna Storey-Lovin, TLAP’s clinical professional
- Chris Ritter, TLAP director