Tag Archives: COVID-19

re:SearchTX offers premium features for free through April

At a time when physical access to courts has become difficult, re:SearchTX is providing free access to its premium features through at least the end of April. re:SearchTX is a web-based platform that allows registered users access to an online repository of court case information powered by the Texas e-filing database.… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — April 6, 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

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

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

Effective mediation during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on all areas of society, including aspects of litigation that traditionally involve meeting with other parties, such as trial, hearings, and mediation. Faced with this unprecedented disruption, attorneys must prepare themselves and their clients for inevitable changes in mediation practices. This includes consideration of a number of … Continue Reading

Board of Law Examiners: July Texas Bar Exam still on schedule

The Texas Board of Law Examiners reports it continues to prepare for the July 2020 Texas Bar Exam as scheduled and no extensions have been made to application deadlines. According to a statement on the board’s website, the board is “exploring options for the July exam in the event that prohibitions against large gatherings remain … 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

Opinion: Defending the indigent during COVID-19 and beyond

At first glance, it looks like the criminal defense-focused solo practitioner has a tough row to plow for the foreseeable future, but in reality this is a valuable opportunity to revamp our practices. I have spent close to a decade focused on practicing in the criminal defense world representing thousands of indigent clients, with a … Continue Reading

TLAP to present Remote Well-Being Wednesdays in April

The Texas Lawyers’ Assistance Program’s “Remote Well-Being Wednesdays: A Coronavirus Series” will take place weekly through April 15, offering attorneys a resource for tending to their well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic. The programs will take place from noon to 1 p.m. CDT via Zoom on the following dates. April 1 “Being at Home Boot Camp”—TLAP … 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

How Texas employers should respond to COVID-19

Businesses all over the country have been heavily impacted by emergency public health measures, and many employers do not know how to navigate these quickly changing circumstances. Does current employment law or OSHA offer guidance for pandemic responses? What are employers’ responsibilities to their employees? On the latest episode of the State Bar of Texas … 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
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