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Texas legal aid providers launch web portal designed to inform public, stop evictions

Texans struggling to pay rent and facing possible eviction can turn to a new website — Stop TX Eviction — to find a step-by-step tool kit designed to help them understand the eviction process and their rights. The website, stoptxeviction.org, is available in English and Spanish. There, renters can: Obtain important documents to give a landlord...… Continue Reading

Parker County court system impacted by computer security incident

Parker County officials announced that on October 16 they discovered the county computer system had come under attack in an unspecified security incident. As officials attempted to stop the damage, sought to investigate, and seek repairs, the county’s court system was taken offline and all courts are closed at this time. Parker County District Clerk...… Continue Reading

State Bar COVID-19 update: TX Supreme Court issues new orders on jury trial procedures, evictions

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...… Continue Reading

Winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards announced

Investigations that examined intellectual disability and the death penalty in Texas and why so many sexual assault cases in one of the state’s largest counties went unpunished are among the winners of the 2020 Texas Gavel Awards. Journalists representing The Texas Tribune, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin’s NPR station—KUT 90.5, were selected as winners of the...… Continue Reading

Texas Supreme Court cancels July bar exam, adds October online test

The Texas Supreme Court, in an order issued Friday, canceled the two-day in-person July Texas bar examination in response to accelerating COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions in the state. The court directed the Texas Board of Law Examiners (BLE) to keep plans for a two-day September in-person exam “subject to guidance from public health authorities”...… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing (6.2.20)

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 (6.1.20)

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 (5.29.20)

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 (5.28.20)

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

Free family law essentials CLE available to attorneys living near six Texas cities

Attorneys living within a 100-mile radius of Beaumont, Waco, Laredo, El Paso, Weatherford, or Lubbock and who are willing to pick up two pro bono cases from the state’s legal aid providers are eligible for a free 4.5-hour online CLE on “Family Law Essentials.” The CLE—Family Law Essentials: Giving Back to Your Community—is made possible...… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing — May 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

Texas legal aid providers offer free “Bankruptcy in a Box” online CLE

The state’s three major legal aid programs — Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid — are offering a free three-hour online CLE course designed to help attorneys learn about Chapter 7 bankruptcies while helping others. The only requirement to obtaining the “Bankruptcy in a Box Pro Bono”...… Continue Reading

Coronavirus Legal News Briefing (5.20.20)

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 issues updated statement about ransomware attack

Editor’s note: The Office of Court Administration made the following updated statement on the security breach that began impacting the judiciary on May 8. On Friday, May 8th, the Office of Court Administration (OCA), the information technology (IT) provider for the appellate courts and state judicial agencies within the Texas Judicial Branch, identified a serious...… Continue Reading
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