Tag Archives: COVID-19

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

State Bar issues election update, messages from candidates

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel issued the following message to members on Thursday. It includes links to new messages from president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth. We’re writing to share the latest messages from State Bar president-elect candidates Pablo Almaguer and Sylvia Borunda Firth … 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

Covid-19 crisis calls for strong leadership: learn the essential skills you need to lead your firm through the chaos

During these times of adversity and uncertainty, solo attorneys and managing partners must adapt their leadership skills to address the challenges posed by office closures, working remotely, and managing staff and attorneys who may be suffering emotionally and financially. Those of you in positions of leadership can steer your law firms successfully through this crisis … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 24, 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 update: MCLE deadlines extended, new court orders issued

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. As the State Bar of Texas and Texas courts continue to adjust operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic, we are reaching out to share important updates. MCLE Deadlines Extended We … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 23, 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

Zoom ‘Cheat Sheat’

Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, my 280-odd colleagues on the University of Texas School of Law faculty are valiantly struggling to transpose their years of classroom skill and content to the daunting digital realm of remote instruction using Zoom teleconferencing. Zoom has been a part of the University of Texas’ Canvas learning platform for less … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 20, 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

Disaster planning for Texas appellate practitioners

Introduction The Texas Constitution mandates that “[a]ll courts shall be open, and every person for an injury done him, in his lands, goods, person or reputation, shall have remedy by due course of law.” (Tex. Const. art. 1, § 13). This constitutional guarantee requires that courts in this state “must actually be operating and available,” … Continue Reading

What lawyers can do to take care of themselves during the coronavirus crisis

Being a lawyer in Texas was already difficult. We start our path to become lawyers in the 96th percentile for anxiety. That is in law school. That is 26% more stress than medical students have. That is before we start handling dozens of our clients’ most important problems. That is before we start seeing the … Continue Reading

“Zoom”ing into a new era

If there was ever a time to be thankful for technology, it is now. During the novel coronavirus  pandemic, a majority of attorneys are finding themselves practicing social distancing, which means working remotely. Given our professions, many times court appearances, emergency motions, client meetings, and emergencies cannot wait. To be honest, I was skeptical of … Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus advisory 3/19/20

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court released the following advisory Thursday. In a third emergency order Thursday morning the Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals amended their original joint order to establish court proceedings may be conducted “away from the court’s usual location with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 19, 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

Texas Supreme Court coronavirus update

Editor’s Note: The Texas Supreme Court issued the following advisory. Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht ordered the Supreme Court Building indefinitely closed to the public Wednesday in expanding efforts to thwart spread of COVID-19. The State Preservation Board also closed the adjacent Capitol complex. Under an order issued late Tuesday the Texas Supreme Court emphasized … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 18, 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 Working Remotely During the Coronavirus Shutdown

I’ve long believed that a modern-day appellate lawyer should be able to work productively from anywhere in the world. As we face the reality of widespread office shutdowns, self-imposed quarantines, and government mandates designed to slow the coronavirus (COVID-19) spread, lawyers equipped to practice away from the office—and at home—find themselves at an advantage. This post … Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — March 17, 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 coronavirus update: 2 free webinars planned; no live meetings until at least May

Editor’s Note: State Bar of Texas President Randy Sorrels and Executive Director Trey Apffel sent the following message to members on Monday. Like you, we at the Texas Law Center in Austin continue to adjust our lives and operations to the new realities of the coronavirus pandemic. We are assessing the needs of Texas lawyers … Continue Reading

Pandemically challenged: teleworking in COVID-19 and what you need to know

At the start of February 2020, I began writing an article through the Texas Young Lawyers Association that would encourage law firms to consider the increasing trend of teleworking—that is, working remotely—as well as the potential expectations from this trend for firms competing in the modern age; a preview of the future of law practice, … Continue Reading
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