Editor’s note: The following message concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and other State Bar updates was sent to all members on September 18.

Dear Member,

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 limits eviction proceedings in certain circumstances in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s temporarily halting some evictions. The 25th order also requires certain information to be included with an eviction petition and citation.

The 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 .

Governor’s COVID-19 Orders Update

Governor Greg Abbott issued executive orders on September 17 and addressing in the state. Find the full list of the governor’s executive orders .

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. . The meeting will be held via videoconference and streamed live on the State Bar’s YouTube page — .

To sign up to speak during the meeting, please email 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 .

Take Care of Yourselves

In this challenging time, it’s important to take care of yourselves. We invite you to take advantage of the 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 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