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Flood relief: Texas allows out-of-state lawyers to help

The Texas Supreme Court has granted permission for out-of-state lawyers to practice law in the Lone Star state during Hurricane Harvey flood relief efforts.

The Texas court will give conditional approval to lawyers willing to provide pro bono services to hurricane victims.

According to an emergency order entered Aug. 29, a volunteer attorney must be in good standing in the attorney’s jurisdiction and must be retained by a legal-aid or pro bono program or a bar association that provides services to victims of Harvey.

The order also provides for hurricane-displaced lawyers from other states to practice remotely in Texas.

The special permission is effective for six months. Lawyers must agree to abide by the Texas discipline rules and submit to the disciplinary jurisdiction of the Texas bar and the Texas Supreme Court.

Lawyers arriving in Texas should submit a temporary practice registration form to the State Bar of Texas as soon as possible. A link to the court’s order and the registration form is on the website of the Virginia State Bar.