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UH Law Center's Health Law & Policy Institute organizes COVID-19 legal resources toolkit

March 26, 2020 - The Health Law & Policy Institute has launched a COVID-19 Pandemic Legal Resources for Texas page on the University of Houston Law Center website.

The Health Law & Policy Institute is working closely with the judiciary and the Office of Court Administration to advise on Chapter 81 of the Texas Health & Safety Code, which covers the role of Texas courts during public health emergencies. Updates and new content can be found at

The initiative was arranged by Research Assistant Professor Leah Fowler.

"We are in challenging times, and each state is working hard to flatten the curve," Fowler said. "In Texas, key control measures are found in Chapter 81 of the Texas Health & Safety Code. We are proud to develop resources that help practitioners navigate what is likely an unfamiliar statute."

The page houses several resources developed for judges and attorneys handling court-ordered management of persons with communicable diseases, including memoranda, training videos, and forms. Importantly, the website also includes the 2020 edition of "Control Measures and Public Health Emergencies: A Texas Bench Book.” 

Other features include links to important emergency orders from the Supreme Court of Texas and Court of Criminal Appeals of Texas, as well as important declarations from Gov. Greg Abbott and Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr. John Hellerstedt.

The website also includes resources for all Texans. For example, on Feb. 19, 2020, Law Foundation Professor of Law Seth Chandler led a Coronavirus Webinar, which provided an early look at information known at the time, employment law consideration, and the perspectives of medical and public health professionals. The Health Law & Policy Institute hopes to expand this content in the future.

Media contacts: Carrie Criado, UH Law Center Assistant Dean of Communications and Marketing,; Elena Hawthorne, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing,; John T. Kling, Communications Manager,; and John Brannen, Media Relations Rep,

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About the Health Law & Policy Institute

The Health Law & Policy Institute (HLPI) at the University of Houston Law Center is home to one of the nation’s leading health law programs. It has been consistently ranked as a top 10 program by the U.S. News and World Report for more than two decades. HLPI has been at the forefront of legal education, scholarship, and policy analysis for over 40 years. Formed in 1978, HLPI has built a diverse portfolio of research on a variety of topics, including health finance systems; disability law; health information exchange; genetic data; health care quality and access improvement; integrated provider organizations; and questions of individual rights in health care and biomedical research.

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