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Railroad Commission launches Case Administrative Service Electronic System

The Railroad Commission of Texas has launched the Case Administrative Service Electronic System, or RRC CASES, a public portal to allow operators to file hearing cases online and grant the public online access to the hearings process. The system allows users to search hearings dockets using a variety of criteria including case number, operator name, … Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: lawyers as ‘essential,’ federal stimulus, and a call for civility

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members Friday. We are writing to share important updates from the week related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Civility in the Practice of Law … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 3, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

How small law firms in Texas can benefit from the $2T stimulus package

Small law firms across Texas have been crippled because of “stay at home” and “shelter in place” orders due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order consolidating its local predecessors and limiting non-essential activity until April 30, 2020. To rescue America’s economy, the federal government recently passed into law … Continue Reading

OCA: Attorneys are ‘essential’ but should work remotely if possible

Attorneys are “essential” workers during the COVID-19 pandemic because they support the operations of the judicial system, but they still should work remotely from home if possible and practice social distancing in the interest of public health, according to updated guidance from the Office of Court Administration. The OCA issued a revised Travel Authorization letter … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus update

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory. All service and statute-of-limitations deadlines have been delayed in civil cases from March 13 until June 1 unless the chief justice extends it, under a Texas Supreme Court order issued Wednesday, April 1. The tolling does not affect deadlines for filing appeals or other appellate … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 1, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

COVID-19 and family law: What every attorney needs to know

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every facet of daily life in the U.S. When Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in Texas due to COVID-19, he invoked emergency powers for his administration to control the spread of the virus. In a time of sudden school closures, social distancing, travel restrictions, working from … Continue Reading

The Not-So-New World of Remote Depositions

Contrary to popular belief, remote depositions are not a new thing. What is new is the temporary suspension of the requirement that the deposition officer, aka certified shorthand reporter, be in the physical presence of the witness. As COVID-19 keeps us all at home, here are some important tips to remember when conducting a remote … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 31, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

Anthony R. Chase to co-chair Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Anthony R. Chase, an associate professor of law and business at the University of Houston Law Center, will serve as co-chair on the Greater Houston COVID-19 Recovery Fund. The fund, established by United Way of Greater Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, received a lead gift from the Houston Endowment and will focus on … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 30, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

Law firms and bar associations provide resources for coronavirus and opportunities to help

Law firms and bar associations across the state are coming together to provide up-to-date information about COVID-19 and to provide help for those affected by the pandemic. The Dorothy Butler Law Firm in Dripping Springs is doing pro bono work to help small business owners navigate the Small Business Association Disaster Loan applications. The firm … Continue Reading

State Bar coronavirus update: travel authorization for lawyers, Zoom resources, and free CLE

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Friday. We hope this message finds you safe and well. We are writing to share the latest updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Orders and Travel Authorization for Lawyers Many … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 27, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

Office of Court Administration announces travel authorization for Texas attorneys and staff under stay-at-home orders

Texas lawyers should lead by example with telework, alternatives to in-person meetings, and social distancing but also must be permitted to practice law free from local stay-at-home orders, according to the Office of Court Administration, as it acknowledged that the need for legal services only increases in a disaster like the COVID-19 pandemic. “Lawyers and … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 26, 2020

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 … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 25, 2020

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 … Continue Reading
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