NEWS, UPDATES, AND RESOURCES REGARDING COVID-19
The health and safety of our members, our employees, and the public is of paramount importance to the Austin Bar Association and AYLA. We are following the lead of the State Bar of Texas to address concerns regarding COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and will keep you updated via this web page, social media, email, and Bar Code as soon as news develops that impacts our members and the legal community. Follow us on Facebook, and on Twitter @theaustinbar.
UPDATE ON THE AUSTIN BAR ASSOCIATION / AYLA OFFICE
The Austin Bar and AYLA offices have now officially moved to Hilgers House at 712 W. 16th Street. The staff is working remotely, and the office remains closed to the public. We hope to be able to see you at Hilgers House soon.
Austin Bar and AYLA sections and committees are encouraged to conduct necessary meetings remotely. Contact CLE and Marketing Manager Kelli Horan for help and information on using Zoom for your remote programs and meetings.
COURT UPDATES AND EMERGENCY ORDERS (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS BELOW)
Travis County COVID-19 Information
The OCA’s Court Operations Guidance
Supreme Court of Texas (edited 9/28/2020)
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas (edited 5/8/2020)
3rd Court of Appeals (edited 5/26/2020)
Memo from Travis County Civil Judges on Remote Jury Trials in Travis County (3/1/21)
Travis County Civil & Family Courts (edited 3/1/21)
Travis County Associate Judges Procedures for Remote Hearings
Travis County Criminal Courts (edited 5/12/2020)
Travis County Justices of the Peace (edited 9/28/2020)
Travis County Juvenile Court
Travis County Probate Court
Travis County Attorney’s Office
Travis County District Clerk’s Office (edited 9/8/2020)
LEGAL SERVICE PROVIDERS (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS BELOW)
The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program and Paladin, a justice tech company specializing in pro bono software, launched the first national disaster relief pro bono portal. The centralized, sortable database will list opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19, as well as the recent tornadoes in Tennessee and earthquakes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and future disasters as they occur.
The ABA is making the portal available for free to all attorneys across the country in an effort to effectively deploy America’s lawyers to help individuals in times of emergencies. Lawyers can sign up and view cases at https://aba.joinpaladin.com.
Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid: Starting March 17, 2020, all TRLA offices are closed to the public. Their phone lines remain open. If you are referring someone for legal assistance, please have them call the hotline at (888) 988-9996. Intakes will be conducted over the phone and not in-person. If you, or a client, are trying to reach a particular staff person, CLICK HERE to see their staff directory. All public outreach activities, including substantive law clinics and intake clinics, scheduled through April 17, 2020 are suspended immediately. CLICK HERE to view the TRLA website for more updates.
Volunteer Legal Services of Central Texas:
- CLICK HERE for an update from VLS,
- VLS Covid-19 Eviction Task Force – Mentor Cases
- VLS Covid-19 Eviction Task Force – Handle Cases
- Phone Clinic: (sign up for specific phone clinic dates)
- Mediator: (register and select mediation as volunteer category)
Other legal resources available for the public: CLICK HERE
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR LAW PRACTICES (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS BELOW)
Resources from the State Bar of Texas: CLICK HERE
Resources include court guidance and closures, law-practice management tips, lawyer well-being resources, legal resources for the public and much more.
The State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section is offering its app designed to deliver Texas laws to users’ fingertips for free to Texas attorneys, paralegals, law students, and clerks through June 30. CLICK HERE for more information. The app allows the user to download more than 62 civil codes and statutes to any device or web browser.
Resources from the American Bar Association (ABA): CLICK HERE
Topics include pandemic resources, technology resources, disaster planning and recovery for law firms, law practice resources, and COVID-19 mental health resources.
CLICK HERE for resources provided by the ABA’s COVID-19 Task Force
LAW PRACTICE RESOURCES:
LawPay has developed the following resources to help you though this unprecedented time:
Launching Your Own Firm
Returning to the Office
- Blog Posts
Working From Home Best Practices
Launching Your Own Firm
SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (SBA) BUSINESS LOAN PROGRAM: PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM
- SBA Loan PowerPoint Presentation (prepared by Austin attorney Gene Anthes)
- Business Loan Program Temporary Changes: Paycheck Protection Program
- Paycheck Protection Program Fact Sheet: Borrowers
- Paycheck Protection Program Loans FAQ
- CLICK HERE for Coronavirus Emergency Loans – Small Business Guide and Checklist (prepared by U.S. Chamber of Commerce) –
- CLICK HERE for Application for the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program –
Texas’ response to novel coronavirus and COVID-19 – CLICK HERE
Counties’ and cities’ stay-at-home and business cessation orders and their effect on construction. (compiled by Gerstle Snelson, LLP)
Texas Appellate Law Podcast: created by Austin Bar President D. Todd Smith and Jody Sanders. Episode #4 is an interview with Texas Supreme Court Clerk Blake Hawthorne about the Court’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, including the emergency orders. – CLICK HERE
“Law Firms Working Remotely During the Coronavirus Shutdown” blog post by D. Todd Smith – CLICK HERE
Resources compiled by the University of Houston Law Center – CLICK HERE
Resources compiled by the Association of Legal Administrators – CLICK HERE
LAWYER WELL-BEING RESOURCES (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS BELOW)
COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide, published by NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) – CLICK HERE
CLICK HERE for info on Yale’s most popular class available free online, “The Science of Well Being.”
Mental Health Support Hotline by the Texas Health and Human Services Department: 1.833.986.1919
TLAP’s REMOTE WELL-BEING WEDNESDAYS: A coronavirus crisis series
Wednesdays at noon – 1 p.m.: https://zoom.us/j/559673278
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
List of resources from the ABA on the topics of anxiety, law practice management/leadership, panic, social distancing, staying mentally healthy, stress, substance abuse resources, and suicide – CLICK HERE
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
CLICK HERE to see a selection of online games provided by the Texas Law-Related Education department.
CLICK HERE for the Texas Law-Related Education department website.
CLICK HERE for Austin PBS learning at home resources.
CLICK HERE for resources from the ABA on at-home learning and education for foster children and youth.
COVID-19 CLE & WEBINARS (EXPAND TO SEE LINKS BELOW)
From the austin Bar
Austin Bar Webinars and Online CLE
The Austin Bar is providing free CLE webinars on topics related to COVID-19 on an ongoing basis.
CLICK HERE to view all past Covid-19 related CLE videos available to all.
CLICK HERE to view our website calendar for more information on upcoming webinars, CLEs, and online social events.
Austin Bar Online CLE Database
FROM THE HOUSTON BAR ASSOCIATION
The Houston Bar Association presents a conversation with infectious disease specialist Dr. Luis Ostrosky. Dr. Ostrosky discusses COVID-19 and its impact on our lives and legal practices with HBA President Bill Kroger and HBA Director Greg Moore, who also sits on the board of the Texas Medical Center. This video examines the disease, its dangers, what to do to keep
yourself safe, the state of the medical center and ICU beds, how to keep your office safe, and how long he predicts the virus will be with us. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
From the Texas Bar
Remote Zoom Training CLE conducted by 470th District Court, Collin County, TX
Free CLE and MCLE Deadline Extensions
The State Bar offers 5.5 hours of free CLE on the TexasBarCLE website, including two recent webcasts related to the coronavirus: “Practicing Law in the Shadow of COVID-19” and “Benefits and Challenges of Invoking Force Majeure Clauses in the Age of the Coronavirus.” For attorneys in financial need who require additional CLE, TexasBarCLE scholarships are available for online classes. In Texas it is permissible for lawyers to complete all 15 hours of required continuing legal education through online learning. There is no in-person CLE requirement.
The State Bar has granted automatic 60-day extensions to attorneys reaching their MCLE compliance deadlines in March, April, or May. Attorneys who missed compliance deadlines in January or February received an automatic 60-day extension to prevent the assessment of further fees. Attorneys subject to suspension for failing to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December received an additional one-month extension. Please contact the MCLE Department at 800.204.2222, ext. 1806, or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the extensions or MCLE compliance requirements.
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION CLE AND RESOURCES
The ABA has 30 CLE webinars on COVID-19. Visit their Trending CLE page for upcoming live webinars as well as the recorded on-demand ones for download. Free to ABA members. Available to non-members for a fee.
|Other resources to help the legal profession on the ABA’s website: