Resources During COVID-19 Provided by TCDLA COVID-19 Response Task Force
Family and safety must come first and if any court jeopardizes your health, TCDLA will stand with you. We have created this page to assist anyone who works in the criminal defense field. We will be updating this page as we receive new information. Please send your concerns, requests, or any resources, documents, or motions you have to share to tcdla_covid_concerns@tcdla.com. If you need assistance, contact ksteen@tcdla.com from Monday through Friday 8-5 pm or for immediate assistance call Melissa Schank at 512-619-2060, Mari Flores at 512-743-5149, or Rick Wardroup, Staff Attorney, at 806-283-1469.

You are not alone and we are here to help. The ETHICS HOTLINE is being closely monitored. Call 512-646-2734.

STRIKE FORCE Co-Chairs: 
     Nicole DeBorde | Nicole@debordelawfirm.com | (713) 526-6300 p 
     Wm. Reagan Wynn | rwynn@kearneywynn.com | (817) 336-5600 p


Information: Online Court/ZoomLawyers Appointed for Involuntary Quarantine Hearings Health | Financial Relief | COVID-19 Task ForceCourtsOther Important Information Correspondence Concerns Ethics  | Government Notices

Motions: Challenging EO GA-13 |Governor EO GA-13 Civil Suit  | Blue Warrant IssueWrits Raising COVID-19 DisasterLawyers Appointed for Involuntary Quarantine Hearings | Texas Motions | Adaptable Motions Other COVID-19 Motions |
Public Defenders/Court Appointments | Court Orders Affecting Criminal Defense Lawyers | Motions for Immediate Release, Personal Bond or Habeas Corpus for Bond Reduction
TCDLA has collected the following materials from state and national public defense listservs and websites in order to assist in the dissemination of information and resources.  The inclusion of information or documents on this page is not intended to serve as legal advice from TCDLA or endorsement of positions taken or arguments made in sample pleadings.

BLUE WARRANT ISSUE
Intro and Instructions (3 Page Word Doc)
Blue Warrant Issue-TCDLA-4.10.20 (3 Page PDF)
Blue Warrant Issue-TCDLA-4.10.20(3 Page Word Doc)


CHALLENGING EO GA-13
Documents below need to be tailored. Contact Allison Clayton, Jeep Darnell, or Kyle Therrian for specific questions.
WHC for EO-GA-13 & COVID-19 (17 Page Word Doc)
Proposed Order Setting Hearing (1 Page Word Doc)
Proposed Order Granting Relief (2 Page Word Doc)
Proposed Order Denying Relief (2 Page Word Doc)

Governor EO GA-13 Civil Suit 
Amicus Brief (TX) (30 Page PDF)
April 10, 2020- Letter - TCDLA v Abbott (GN-20-2034)  (2 Page PDF) 
April 10, 2020- Temporary Restraining Order - TCDLA v Abbott (GN-20-2034)  (2 Page PDF)
Binder 1 (53 Page PDF) 
EO Petition 2020.4.8. Final (31 Page PDF) 
Expedited Briefing Schedule (2 Page PDF)
Ex. 1 Executive Order GA-13 (5 Page PDF)
Ex. 2 Dec. of Hon. Judge Darrell W. Jordan (5 Page PDF)
Ex. 3 Dec. of Hon. Judge David L. Singer  (5 Page PDF)
Ex. 4 Dec. of TCDLA (6 Page PDF)
Ex. 5 Dec. of CAPDS (8 Page PDF)
Ex. 6 Dec. of ACDLA (6 Page PDF)
Ex. 7 Dec. of NAACP (5 Page PDF)
Proposed Order(2 Page PDF)
Response to TRO (Final) (49 Page PDF) 

ONLINE COURTROOM
April 9th - TIDC Presentation (Web Link) 
Grant Scheiner's Zoom Instructions (Beginners), (~11 minute video)  
Grant Scheiner's Zoom Instructions (Intermediate Users) (~7 minute video)
How to Keep Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event (Web Link)
Online Court: Zoom Instructions  (1 Page PDF)
Online Courts and the Law (~1 Hour 7 Minute Video)
PowerPoint: Online Court for Defense Attorneys (31 Page PDF)
Texas Judges Online Court Article (Web Link)
Vimeo: Online Court for Defense Attorneys (Presentation begins at 1 minute, 15 seconds) (~29 minute video)
Virtual Background Photo: A Woman and Justice (JPG image)
Virtual Background Photo: Law Books in the Library  (JPG image)
Youtube Link to Texas Courts (Web Link)

LAWYERS APPOINTED FOR INVOLUNTARY QUARANTINE HEARINGS
Chapter 81 Motion  (2 page Word Doc)
Navarro County Inmate Consultation & Inmate Hearings (3 Page PDF) 
Online: Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 2 Subtitle D Chapter 81  (Web Link)
PDF: Texas Health and Safety Code, Title 2 Subtitle D Chapter 81 (7 page PDF)

HEALTH
April 14, 2020: PBS Screening: Definition of Insanity (Web Link) 
COVID-19 Stress Tips: Managing Your Stress (4 Page PDF)

COVID-19 Testing Locations: Drive-Thru Screening Locations  (Web Link)
Guided Mediation Sessions: Council On Recovery Website (Web Link)
Health: Texas Health and Human Service (Web Link)
Wellness Checks: Client/Patient Wellness Check (1 page PDF)



FINANCIAL RELIEF

Breakdown of TCDLA C.A.R.E.S. and the Act  (1 Page PDF)
Cell Phones: Sprint (Web Link)
Interim Final Rule Additional Eligibility Criteria and Requirements for Certain Pledges of Loans (19 Page PDF)
Mortgages: List of banks offering mortgage relief because of corona virus (Web Link) Update: All mortgages can be put on hold
Senate Passes Omnibus Cares Act (19 Page PDF)
Student Loans: Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments, Waives Interest During National Emergency  (Web Link) Update: All can be put on hold
Taxes: Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days (Web Link) 
            Taxes  (1 page PDF)
TCDLA C.A.R.E.S. and the Act (2 Page PDF)
Texas Comptroller: COVID-19 Emergency Response Web Page  (Web Link)
Utilities/Evictions: Center Point Energy Payment Plan (Web Link) -Most cities in Texas have suspended eviction hearings and utility shutoffs in response to corona virus

Small Business Administration Resources/Documents:
Disaster Business Loan Application  (5 Page PDF Form)
How the SBA Paycheck Protection Loan (PPL) Works: Youtube  (~7 Minute Web Link)
Personal Financial Statement Disaster Programs (4 Page PDF Form)

Monthly Sales Figures (2 Page PDF)
Request for Transcript of Tax (1 Page PDF Form)
Instructions for Transcript of Tax Return (1 Page PDF)
SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program   (Web Link) Update: 10k loans available
SBA Schedule of Liabilities (1 Page PDF)
Schedule of Liabilities (1 Page PDF Form)

COVID-19 TASK FORCE Click here for committee details

Clay Steadman, Chair | claysteadman@yahoo.com | (830) 257-5005 p

Kerri Anderson Donica, President | kerri@kerridonicalaw.com | (903) 879-7797 p

Jeep Darnell, District 1 | jedarnell@jdarnell.com | (915) 532-2442 p

Tip Hargrove, District 2 | tipcid71@gmail.com | (325) 653-6931 p

Mark Snodgrass, District 3 | marksnodgrass@sbcglobal.net | (806) 762-0267 p

John Hunter Smith, District 4 | jsmith@wynnesmithlaw.com | (903) 893-8177 p

Lance Evans, District 5 | lanceevans@egdmlaw.com | (817) 332-3822 p

Robert Hinton, District 6 | hinton.law@airmail.net | (214) 219-9300 p

Bobby Mims, District 7 | bobbymims@gmail.com | (903) 595-2169 p

Stan Schwieger, District 8 | wacocrimatty@yahoo.com | (254) 752-5678 p

Betty Blackwell, District 9 | bettyblackwell@bettyblackwell.com | (512) 479-0149 p

John Convery, District 10 | HasConPC@aol.com | (210) 738-9060 p

Joseph Esparza, District 10 | josephesparzalaw@gmail.com | (210) 354-1919 p

Jessica Canter, District 11 | jcanter@trla.org | (361) 450-6730 p

Lisa Greenberg, District 12 | lisagreenberglaw@gmail.com | (361) 446-2476 p

Paul Tu, District 13 | paul@atblawfirm.com | (713) 774-2800 p

Nicole DeBorde Hochglaube, District 14 | Nicole@DeBordeLawFirm.com | (713) 526-6300 p

Robert Fickman, District 14 | rfickman@gmail.com | (713) 655-7400 p

Thuy Le, District 14 | thuylelaw@gmail.com | (713) 789-8683 p


GA-13 Subcommittee

Betty Blackwell, Chair | bettyblackwell@bettyblackwell.com | (512) 479-0149 p
Allison Clayton | allison@allisonclaytonlaw.com | (806) 773 6889 p
Jeep Darnell | 
jedarnell@jdarnell.com | (915) 532-2442 p
David Ryan
| david@davidmryan.com | (713) 223 9898 p

Grant M. Scheiner | scheinerlaw@gmail.com | (713) 783 8998 p
Kyle T. Therrian | k.therrian@rosenthalwadas.com | (972) 369 0577 p

WRITS RAISING COVID-19 DISASTER

App for Writ COVID-19 Age (10 Page PDF Form)
April 1, 2020 - Order to Sheriff (14 Page PDF)
Consent to Video Teleconference  (1 Page PDF Form)
COVID-19 Emergency Bond Reduction Motion Draft 2 (7 Page PDF)
COVID-19 In Custody CL Letter  (2 Page PDF)
Corona Virus Writ Final_AB Tracked Edits  (9 Page PDF Form)
General Order 2020-03 CARES Act - Southern District (3 Page PDF)
General Order 2020-04 Written Waivers of Personal Appearances Under the CARES Act - Southern District  (2 Page PDF)
Letter Re COVID in the HCJ (2 Page PDF) 
Letter Re Executive Order O'Connell CD  (2 Page PDF) 
Letter to Harris County Re Jail Population (1 Page PDF)
Order To Disregard Directive By Harris County Judge (2 Page PDF)
PR Release of Detainees  (2 Page PDF) 
Proposed Jail Videoconferencing Order 4-1-20 (2 Page Word Doc)

Sarah Fortune, Harvard School of Public Health, COVID-19 in Jails and Prisons  (2 Page PDF) 
Save Harris County - Reducing HCJ Population During a Pandemic (6 Page PDF)
WHO Preparedness-Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in Prisons (40 Page PDF)


COURTS
Gov. Abbott's Executive Order (1 Page PDF)
Challenge to Constitutionality of a State Statute (1 Page PDF Form)
Circuit Plan for COVID-19 (Web Link to Google Doc) 
Consent and Waiver VTC (1 Page PDF)
Consent and Waiver VTC 3.26.2020 (1 Page PDF)
Client Letter re COVID-19 - Spanish (1 Page PDF)
Emergency Order Regarding the Rules of Judicial Education (2 Page PDF)
General Order 2020-03 CARES Act - Southern District (3 Page PDF)
General Order 2020-04 Written Waivers of Personal Appearances Under the CARES Act - Southern District (2 Page PDF)
Governor Abbot's Executive Order GA-13 (4 Page PDF)
Gov Abbott's Executive Order
Lawyers are Essential, Statewide Opinion (1 Page PDF) 
Orders Relating to Personal Appearances  (2 page PDF) 
Remote Hearing Guidelines (4 Page PDF) 
TDCJ Procedures Implemented  (2 Page PDF) 
Third Order Relating to Entry Into The Courthouse (2 Page PDF)  
Travis County Criminal Courts' COVID-19 Scheduling Plan (3 Page PDF) 
Waiver of Rights Form and Consent to Plea and Sentencing by Video - Southern District-English  (1 Page PDF)
Waiver of Rights Form and Consent to Plea and Sentencing by Video - Southern District-  Spanish (1 Page PDF)
Williamson County District Court Contact (6 Page PDF) 

MANDAMUS AND DISCIPLE OF JUDICIARY
Public Warning to Judge Navarro (6 Page PDF)

COURT ORDERS AFFECTING CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS
Additional Order Regarding Grand Jury Proceedings Under the Exigent Circumstances of COVID-19 (2 page PDF) 
Current & Upcoming Closures (Web Link)
General Order 2020-03 CARES Act - Southern District (3 Page PDF)
General Order 2020-04 Written Waivers of Personal Appearances Under the CARES Act - Southern District (2 Page PDF)
March 13, 2020 – Order Regarding Court Operations Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic (1 page PDF) 
March 16, 2020 – Additional Order Regarding Grand Jury Proceedings Under the Exigent Circumstances Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic (2 page PDF)
March 17th, 2020- Standing Order to Temporarily Suspend The Execution of Warrants for Certain Travis County Cases   (1 page PDF)
Policy & Public Health Recommendations for Preventing & Containing a COVID-19 Pandemic in Jails and Prisons (4 page PDF)
Recommendation For Protecting Incarcerated Youth and Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic (8 page PDF)
Standing Order for Personal Bonds on Certain Felony Cases in the Travis County District Courts (2 page PDF)
Standing Order Temporarily Suspending the Execution of Warrants for Certain Travis County Cases (2 page PDF)
Joint S.Ct. and CCA Order for the Practice of Law During Pandemic (4 page PDF) 
TJC Guidance on COVID-19 In Release Advocacy (2 page PDF)
Travis County Attorney's Office Response to COVID-19 (1 page PDF) 
Travis County Misdemeanor Mental Health Protocol 3/26/20 (1 Page Word Doc)

Texas Federal District Courts - COVID Orders (2 page PDF) 
Travis County Courts at Law Operations (1 page PDF) 
Western District of Texas Court Operations (2 page PDF) 

MOTIONS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PERSONAL BOND OR HABEAS CORPUS FOR BOND REDUCTION
Application for Writ of Habeas Corpus Under Article V of the Texas Constitution (19 Page Word Doc)
Dallas County Form COVID Release Motion - General (5 page Word Doc)
Harris County Form COVID Release Motion - High-Risk (6 page Word Doc)
Hays County Form COVID Release Motion - General (6 page Word Doc)
Joint Motion for Emergency Relief  (2 page Word Doc)
Links to Federal Defender Motions (2 page PDF)
Motion for Compassionate Release (8 page Word Doc)
Sample of Motion for Bail - COVID-19   (10 page Word Doc)
Supplemental Authority in Support of Motion for Compassionate Confinement of ____ At Home or Release to Time Served (2 Page Word Doc)

Template of Writ of Habeas Corpus for Release  (8 page Word Doc)
Texas Compassionate Release Writ (16 Page Word Doc) 

Travis County Form COVID Release Motion - General  (5 page Word Doc)
Travis County Form COVID Release Motion - High-Risk (6 page Word Doc)


TEXAS MOTIONS
Blue Warrant Issue-TCDLA-4.10.20 (3 Page PDF)
Blue Warrant Issue-TCDLA-4.10.20 (3 Page Word Doc)
Emergency Motion for Pretrial Release Due to COVID Threat   (11 page Word Doc)
Emergency Supplement to the Motion for a Stay of Execution due to the Restrictions and Concerns caused by the COVID-19/Coronavirus Pandemic (31 page PDF)
March 16,2020 - Declaration of Dr. Jaimie Meyer (with CV) (23 page PDF)
Motion for Formal Bail Hearing and Order Releasing Defendant on Own Recognizance (10 Word Doc)
Redacted Habeas Extension Motion - will be available soon
Sample COVID-19 Motion to Appear - will be available soon
Travis County Form COVID Release Motion - General  (5 page Word Doc) 
Travis County Form COVID Release Motion - High Risk  (6 page Word Doc)

ADAPTABLE MOTIONS
Bond Reduction Motion - COVID-19   (4 page Word Doc)
Durst Motion (29 Page PDF)
Habeas Motions Filed (2 page PDF)
Motion to Lift Probation Hold - COVID-19  (4 page Word Doc) 
Motion for Continuance  (4 page Word Doc) 
Motion to Release on Personal Bond  (5 page Word Doc)
NACDL Template for a Motion to Challenge the Continued Pre-Trial Confinement of At-risk Clients  (7 page PDF) 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Collin County Attorney Jail Visitation Procedures  (1 Page PDF)
Collin County Felony Inmate Plea Procedures   (2 Page PDF) 
Collin County Juvenile Plea and Procedures  (3 Page PDF) 
Collin County Misdemeanor Jail Plea Procedures  (2 Page PDF) 
First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster 
 (4 page PDF)
Immigration Information (2 Page PDF)
JCMH COVID Webpage (Web Link)

Sarah Fortune - Harvard School of Public Health COVID-19 Statement (2 page PDF)
Technical Assistance Memo - Suspension of Visitation Plan (1 page PDF)
Williamson County Visitation and Plea Procedures (5 Page PDF)

OTHER COVID-19 MOTIONS
Hummel Motion for Stay of Execution Due to COVID-19 Restrictions and Concerns (31 page PDF) 

PUBLIC DEFENDERS/COURT APPOINTMENTS 
TIDC has collected the following materials from state and national public defense listservs and websites in order to assist in the dissemination of information and resources.  The inclusion of information, publications or sample pleadings in this list is not intended to serve as legal advice from TIDC or endorsement of positions taken or arguments made. Texas Indigent Defense Commission

General Guidance
Policy & Public Health Recommendations for Prevents & Containing a COVID-19 Pandemic in Jails and Prisons (4 Page PDF)
TJC Guidance on COVID-19 In Release Advocacy (2 page PDF)

Important Info & Orders
First Emergency Order Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster  (4 page PDF)
Order Re: Grand Jury Proceedings (2 Page PDF)

Technical Assistance Memo - Suspension of Visitation Plan (1 page PDF)

Motions
Hummel Motion for Stay of Execution Due to COVID-19 Restrictions and Concerns (31 page PDF) 
Motion to Release on Personal Bond  (5 page PDF)
Motion for Continuance (4 Page PDF)
NACDL Template For a Motion to Challenge the Continued Pre-Trial Confinement of At-Risk Clients (7 Page PDF) 
Sample of Motion for Bail - COVID-19  (10 page PDF)
Template of Writ of Habeas Corpus for Release (8 page PDF)


CORRESPONDENCE
April 7, 2020- Message from TCDLA- Pre-Trial Writ Challenging EO GA-13 (3 Page PDF) 
April 2, 2020-TCDLA President's Message- GA-13 Subcommittee of COVID-19 Task Force (1 Page PDF)
April 1, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- TCDLA Supports Lawyer's Rights to Safe Workplace (2 Page PDF)
March 30, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- Response to GA (2 Page PDF)
March 26, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- Confusing Language on Various Shelter In Place Orders (1 Page PDF)
March 23, 2020- Legislative COVID-19 Update (1 Page PDF)
March 22, 2020- Letter to Governor For Essential Business (1 page PDF)
March 20, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- What TCDLA is Doing  (3 page PDF) 
March 18, 2020- Message From TCDLA - Website is Back Up (1 Page PDF)
March 16, 2020- Texas COVID-19 Response Letter and Directives with Signatures (9 Page PDF)
March 16, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- TCDLA Physical Office (1 Page PDF)
March 12, 2020- TCDLA President's Message- COVID-19 Update (1 Page PDF)

Public Warning (5 Page PDF)
Sample Staff Essential Letter (1 page Word Doc)

For your city/county's "Shelter In Place" Order, please email Bramos@tcdla.com

CONCERNS 
Special Accommodations for Jail Visits (Phone, Skype, Zoom) - more information to come
Relief for Face to Face Visits - more information to come
CAC Videos Under Protective Order - more information to come
Conditional Plea System - more information to come
Releasing of people that are better off at home
Waive fees for video recordings in jail 

ETHICS
Robert Pelton, Ethics Committee Chairman
In 2011, I got the idea for a hotline/help line for our members and members of HCCLA. It was well received by those who were then in charge. Since then I have received many calls to the hotline and me personally from many who know I am the leader of our group. Some of the calls have been for small simple questions and some complex questions. I have chosen some of the brightest lawyers I know to help. I also explicitly trust them all. We have together solved all the problems sent to us. Some of the calls have not been about ethics or cases but about personal problems, so we have become almost a suicide hotline. In the past almost 10 years, I can say we’ve saved the lives of at least two lawyers from suicide because they called our hotline.

The calls are answered within 24 hours. Many are returned in minutes. Michael Mowla helped me solve a problem during his lunch break in a major murder trial. This is serious business to all of us, just as it is when we are representing citizens accused of crimes.

Our world is now in the middle of a medical crisis that none of us have ever seen. There is fear and anxiety everywhere in our country and in our state. None of us know what the absolute answers are or what the future holds. Those of us on the hotline ask that you abide by the instructions to avoid crowds and keep your hands clean and the other instructions we have been told about. I also ask you put and keep your faith in our creator and ask for personal guidance from Him. We on the hotline are available 24/7 to help you if you need guidance or just to talk to another person. Please do not be embarrassed to call.

The calls are confidential. All of us need help from time to time. Remember: No man is an island.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES
Elected Prosecutors Call for Dramatic Reduction in Incarcerated and Detained Populations in Response to Coronavirus (3 page PDF)
Governor Abbott Declares State of Disaster In Texas Due To COVID-19 (Web Link)
Proclamation on Declaring a National Emergency Concerning the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Outbreak (Web Link)