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  • Monday, April 13, 2020 11:11 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TexasBarCLE announced its latest free CLE webcast related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The live webcast, Tax Stimulus Packages for Law Firms in the Wake of COVID-19, will take place from 10 to 10:30 a.m. CDT April 14 and will be archived for later viewing.

    Register for the webcast: 

    http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/AABuy0.asp?sProductType=EV&lID=18418 ] .

     

  • Monday, April 13, 2020 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Supreme Court issued  Emergency Orders 10 and 11 on April 9, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. 

    Order 10 relates to actions in collecting consumer debt as defined by Texas Finance Code Section 392.001(2)​.

    Order 11 expands all deadlines related to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission until May 31, 2020.

    All eleven emergency orders may be viewed here:

    https://www.txcourts.gov/media/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-orders/


  • Monday, April 13, 2020 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    SABA's Community Justice Program is now an independent organization, the San Antonio Legal Services Association (SALSA) [ https://www.sa-lsa.org/ ] .

    This pandemic is causing inconveniences for everybody, but for some of our neighbors it is causing potentially life-altering problems. 

    As unemployment rates skyrocket, SALSA anticipates a housing crisis when orders preventing evictions are lifted. To assist tenants with obtaining relief and to ensure continuity of services to the vulnerable populations we are already serving, SALSA has created virtual training and remote legal assistance opportunities so that volunteers are equipped to provide critical legal services in this new environment. SALSA staff, their partners at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, and their cadre of SALSA volunteer mentors are available to assist volunteers who are stepping outside of their practice area during these unprecedented times.  
     
    LOOKING FOR WAYS TO HELP?
     
    (1) Join SALSA's volunteer network [ https://sa-lsa.volunteerhub.com ] . Sign-up for a volunteer training/shift or just let us know your skills and interests so they can tailor a future opportunity for you.
     
    (2) Contribute to SALSA's efforts to provide access to justice in the wake of COVID-19 by donating through The Big Give Emergency Relief fundraiser [ https://www.thebiggivesa.org/organizations/salsa ] . The Association of Corporate Counsel South/Central Texas Chapter, as part of their annual commitment to pro bono legal services, will match the first $20,000.00 raised.

  • Monday, April 06, 2020 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On April 3, 2020, a panel of Bexar County District Judges gave a general overview of the Bexar County District Courts' COVID-19 Court Operations Plan effective as of April 6, 2020. The panel of Judges answered the top 10 questions attorneys were asking about practicing under the new procedures.

    Find the recorded YouTube Live Stream Here: 

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KrK2i3ev6E

  • Monday, April 06, 2020 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Supreme Court issued a Ninth Emergency Order on April 6, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. According to the Texas Judicial Branch website, this order, “Extends Emergency Order 4, prohibiting a trial, hearing, or other proceeding in an eviction to recover possession of residential property under Chapter 24 of the Property Code and Rule 510 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure until after April 30, 2020."

    All nine emergency orders may be viewed here:

    https://www.txcourts.gov/media/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-orders

  • Monday, April 06, 2020 10:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    https://www.sanantonio.gov/gpa/News/ArtMID/24373/ArticleID/18714/Mayor-Nirenberg-issues-addendum-to-Stay-Home-Work-Safe-Orders

    SAN ANTONIO (April 3, 2020) — Today, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued an addendum to the Stay Safe Work Home Order. The addendum is consistent with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order issued on March 31, 2020. The addendum outlines the following measures:

    1. Staff members at long-term care facilities may only work at one facility.  Long-term care facilities should identify and exclude potentially infected staff members and implement appropriate infection control measures;
    2. Provides the City with the authority to revoke Certificates of Occupancy from businesses as an enforcement measure for repeat violations of Stay Home Work Safe orders;
    3. Requiring all food, household staples retail, including those doing pick-up/delivery to limit number of people at pickup or in an establishment so that social distancing may be maintained, implement an organized line system where spacing is at least 6 feet apart, and post the establishment’s guidelines that limit number of people and implement the line system;
    4. Closes park amenities including playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, skate plazas and splash pads at all community recreational areas;
    5. Closes City parks, except for walking/running/biking trails, on Saturday and Sunday of Easter weekend;
    6. Closes all municipal and private golf courses and driving ranges (including frisbee courses).

    To report a violation of the Stay Home Work Safe order call 210-207-SAPD.
    More information about the Stay Home Work Safe order is available at www.sanantonio.gov.

    FOUR WAYS TO SIGN UP FOR COVID-19 ALERTS

    1. Download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores
    2. Text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates
    3. Follow @COSAGOV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
    4. Bookmark www.SanAntonio.gov
  • Monday, April 06, 2020 10:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    4.3.20

    Notice Bexar County Courthouse entry

    4.3.20 NOTICE FROM BEXAR COUNTY COMMISSIONERS COURT

    Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, the Bexar County Courthouses will operate under the following protocol:


    • Historic Courthouse - 100 Dolorosa
    • The West entrance will be the only open entrance (through the Heritage Center)
    • North and South entrances will be closed.


    • Cadena Reeves Justice Center - 300 Dolorosa
    • The South entrance will be the only open entrance (through Paul Elizondo Tower)
    • The North entrance will be closed.

         

    • Every person entering the Courthouse Facilities will:
    • be questioned by the Sheriff’s staff, e.g.:
    • Have you traveled recently and where?
    • Have you been in physical contact with anyone with the COVID-19 virus?
    • have their temperature taken by the Sheriff’s staff.




  • Monday, April 06, 2020 10:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    On March 31, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order implementing statewide essential services protocols extending through April 30. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. On April 2, the Office of Court Administration issued a revised Travel Authorization letter noting that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has identified “workers supporting the operations of the judicial system” as essential workers. As officers of the courts, lawyers, as well as their necessary staff, support the operations of the judicial system and are therefore essential workers. The letter also notes that consistent with Gov. Abbott’s executive order requiring even essential services to be provided through remote telework unless they cannot be provided remotely, lawyers should lead by example by working in ways that encourage remote telework and social distancing. The letter replaces the OCA travel authorization issued March 26. Read the full letter here [ https://www.texasbar.com/Content/NavigationMenu/Coronavirus_COVID_19/RevisedAttorneyTravelAuthorizationCOVID-19.pdf ] .

  • Thursday, April 02, 2020 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Supreme Court issued an Eighth Emergency Order on April 1, 2020 regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster. According to the Texas Judicial Branch website, this order, “Amends the First Emergency Order to delay all service and statute-of-limitations deadlines in civil cases from March 13 until June 1. The order does not affect deadlines for filing appeals or other appellate proceedings, but the order notes that requests for any such relief from those deadlines should be generously granted by the particular court.”

    All eight emergency orders may be viewed here:

    https://www.txcourts.gov/media/coronavirus-covid-19-emergency-orders



  • Friday, March 27, 2020 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Texas Office of Court Administration has issued a Travel Authorization for Attorneys and Staff under Stay-at-Home Orders. To view the authorization, click the link below:

    https://blog.texasbar.com/files/2020/03/Attorney-Travel-Authorization-COVID-19-1.pdf?fbclid=IwAR18djVs22suaSZ387_dhTUoyfzV9RASh82yFWTE4RAU0pechG5mqvSR0us

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