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Have questions about wills and probate? Join Senior Assistant County Attorney Scott Hilsher to learn about what is neces...
09/14/2020

Have questions about wills and probate?
Join Senior Assistant County Attorney Scott Hilsher to learn about what is necessary in a will, how to avoid probate, and answers to other questions related to wills and probate in an online presentation on Monday, Sept. 14 at 1:30 p.m. This presentation is presented by the Deer Park Public Library and the office of Vince Ryan, Harris County Attorney. For more information or to register, please call the Deer Park Public Library at 281-478-7208 or email [email protected].

We will #NeverForget all of those that were lost 19 years ago on September 11, 2001. #PatriotDay
09/11/2020

We will #NeverForget all of those that were lost 19 years ago on September 11, 2001. #PatriotDay

Our latest friend of the court brief seeks to stop massive changes in the operation of the U.S. Postal Service that will...
09/10/2020
Harris County Attorney Ryan Joins Brief Against Postal Service Changes — Office of the Harris County Attorney

Our latest friend of the court brief seeks to stop massive changes in the operation of the U.S. Postal Service that will impact voting in the November general election. #houstontx #HarrisCounty #Election2020 #USPS

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has joined a friend of the court brief in a lawsuit seeking to stop massive changes in the operation of the U.S. Postal Service that will impact voting in the November general election.

Special Assistant County Attorney Terry O'Rourke discusses the need for storm surge protection in this news report from ...
09/04/2020
Experts say Houston Ship Channel has 'zero protection against storm surge'

Special Assistant County Attorney Terry O'Rourke discusses the need for storm surge protection in this news report from ABC13 Houston.

"We know that it's going to happen, [it's] just a question of when and we are not prepared. That is the horrible reality," said O'Rourke.

The park would be built along a massive levee for storm protection, and it would have opportunities for camping, fishing, kayaking, and bird watching.

The latest blog post from Harris County Law Library takes a look at all the recent vote by mail news. Check it out.
09/03/2020
Vote By Mail in Texas - News Roundup — Harris County Law Library

The latest blog post from Harris County Law Library takes a look at all the recent vote by mail news. Check it out.

Quite a bit has happened since the last time we reported on the vote-by-mail issue that has been pending here in Texas. The issue is still winding its way through the court system, both at the state and federal levels. In case you’ve missed it, here are some of the latest developments that have oc

Special Assistant County Attorney Terence O'Rourke sat for an interview with ABC13 Houston via Zoom to discuss storm sur...
08/28/2020

Special Assistant County Attorney Terence O'Rourke sat for an interview with ABC13 Houston via Zoom to discuss storm surge protection and the Galveston Bay Park plan. Don't miss it tonight at 10 pm.

Legal authority exists for a plan to build barrier islands in Galveston Bay to protect the area from severe storms.“Hurr...
08/28/2020
Harris County Attorney Ryan Confirms Legal Authority Exists to Build Storm Surge Protection System — Office of the Harris County Attorney

Legal authority exists for a plan to build barrier islands in Galveston Bay to protect the area from severe storms.

“Hurricane Laura should once again provide a wake-up call to action. We may not be so lucky next time. My Office stands ready to work with all the governments and agencies involved to protect our community.”

- County Attorney Vince Ryan

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan today released a memo concluding that legal authority exists for a plan to build barrier islands in Galveston Bay to protect the area from severe storms.

US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas
08/26/2020

US National Weather Service Houston-Galveston Texas

7 AM CDT Update: Laura is now a Cat 3 hurricane, the first MAJOR hurricane in the Gulf in the month of August since Harvey (2017). No changes to the track with landfall still near the TX/LA border. #glswx #houwx #txwx #bcswx

Next update will be around 11 AM CDT.

Get prepared!
08/25/2020
Ready Harris

Get prepared!

A tropical weather threat is heading toward the Texas coast. The time to get prepared is NOW! Stay in the know by signing up for ReadyHarris alerts!

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/22/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Here are the Key Messages from NHC regarding Tropical Storm Marco, issued on Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT - www.hurricanes.gov

The Houston Chronicle has compiled a guide that answers questions about voting by mail. Take a look.
08/21/2020
Everything you need to know about voting by mail in Texas

The Houston Chronicle has compiled a guide that answers questions about voting by mail. Take a look.

Your comprehensive guide to doing absentee voting if you don’t want to go out to a polling place during a global pandemic.

08/20/2020
Harris County Public Library

Special Assistant County Attorney Doug Ray presents "Your Rights as a Voter". Hosted by Harris County Public Library

Join us for a presentation about voter rights by Special Assistant County Attorney Doug Ray from the Harris County Attorney's office.

Harris County Attorney Ryan Sues Over Plan to Cut 2020 Census Short“This lawsuit challenges the unconstitutional and ill...
08/20/2020
Harris County Attorney Ryan Sues Over Plan to Cut 2020 Census Short — Office of the Harris County Attorney

Harris County Attorney Ryan Sues Over Plan to Cut 2020 Census Short

“This lawsuit challenges the unconstitutional and illegal decision by federal officials to sacrifice the accuracy of the 2020 Census by forcing the Census Bureau to compress eight and a half months of vital data-collection and data-processing into four and a half months,” said County Attorney Ryan.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has approved the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of Harris County to stop the federal government from cutting short the time people will have to answer the 2020 U.S. Census.

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center
08/19/2020

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

NHC is closely watching three areas over the Atlantic basin on this Wednesday morning.

The first is a tropical wave located over the eastern Caribbean Sea, producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms, along with gusty winds in these thunderstorms. Some gradual development of this system is possible during the next day or so while it moves westward at about 15 to 20 mph across the central Caribbean Sea. After that time, the wave is forecast to move more slowly west-northwestward, and a tropical depression is likely to form late this week or this weekend when the system reaches the northwestern Caribbean Sea. It has a mediuim (40 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and high (80 percent) chance during the next five days days.

The second is an elongated area of low pressure located a little more than 1000 miles east of the Windward Islands, continuing to produce a concentrated area of showers and thunderstorms mainly on the west side of the disturbance. Environmental conditions are conducive for further development, and a tropical depression is expected to form during the next day or two while the system moves generally west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph across the central and western portions of the tropical Atlantic. It has a high (90 percent) chance of formation during the next 48 hours and five days.

The third is a large area of showers and thunderstorms located over Guinea and Sierra-Leone, Africa, associated with a vigorous tropical wave. Environmental conditions are expected to be marginally conducive for some development of this system while the wave enters the extreme eastern Atlantic on Friday. By early next week, however, conditions are forecast to become less favorable for tropical cyclone formation while it moves west-northwestward at 15 to 20 mph toward the central tropical Atlantic. It has a near zero chance of formation during the next 48 hours and low (20 percent) chance during the next five days. www.hurricanes.gov

Last Day to Register! Votes for Texas Women - a 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium - https://mailchi.mp/eacd3decb133/fr...
08/17/2020
Harris County Law Library to host 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium — Office of the Harris County Attorney

Last Day to Register! Votes for Texas Women - a 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium - https://mailchi.mp/eacd3decb133/free-cle-from-the-harris-county-law-library-6448896

The Harris County Law Library announces a virtual 19th Amendment Centennial Symposium on Tuesday, August 18, from 2pm to 4pm. The event, titled “Votes for Texas Women,” will focus on the history of women’s suffrage and the importance of inclusion in law and government.

Harris County Commissioners voted 3-2 to have our office file a friend of the court brief with other states and counties...
08/14/2020
Harris County To Challenge Early Census Cutoff | Houston Public Media

Harris County Commissioners voted 3-2 to have our office file a friend of the court brief with other states and counties challenging the Trump administration's early cutoff of the census.

Read more as reported by Houston Public Media

Harris County Commissioners voted to file a friend of the court brief against the Trump administration’s move to end the Census count on September 30 instead of October 31

Texas Young Lawyers Association has kicked off its 'Court the Vote' campaign with this informational card that answers a...
08/13/2020

Texas Young Lawyers Association has kicked off its 'Court the Vote' campaign with this informational card that answers a lot of questions for those interested in registering to vote. The November election is quickly approaching and the last day to register to vote is on October 5, 2020. Scan the QR code to see if you are registered.

55 years ago today the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Today, we urge everyone to register to vote. The November election is in 89 days and the last day to register to vote is on October 5, 2020. Scan the QR code to see if you are registered.

"Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed." - Rep. John Lewis
#VoteAmerica #CourttheVote #VotingRightsAct #TYLA #UncommonLeaders

Have you filled out the census yet? It takes a few minutes and you can complete it online, by phone, or by mail. #Census...
08/11/2020

Have you filled out the census yet? It takes a few minutes and you can complete it online, by phone, or by mail. #Census2020 #ShapeYourFuture

There’s never been an easier way to help your community – take a few minutes and fill out your census! You can fill it out online, by phone, or by mail. #Census2020 #ShapeYourFuture https://bit.ly/2Ct77y3

We continue to monitor the ongoing clean-up of the San Jacinto Waste Pits.Here's the latest as reported by FOX 26 Housto...
08/07/2020
EPA cleanup of San Jacinto Waste Pits draws criticism

We continue to monitor the ongoing clean-up of the San Jacinto Waste Pits.

Here's the latest as reported by FOX 26 Houston

The ongoing EPA-ordered cleanup of the massive Dioxin dump known as the San Jacinto Waste Pits is drawing sharp criticism from environmental activists.

We are pleased that the Attorney General agrees that local officials have the authority to require persons who enter cou...
08/05/2020
Texas Attorney General OKs Mask Rules for Courthouses

We are pleased that the Attorney General agrees that local officials have the authority to require persons who enter county buildings wear face coverings to protect the health of all.

Texas county officials on Tuesday got the state's top law enforcement officer’s blessing to add a condition to courthouse access: They can mandate masks be worn by everyone entering the building.

This piece by The New York Times discusses the importance of voting by mail during this pandemic.
08/03/2020
Opinion | Voting by Mail Is Crucial for Democracy

This piece by The New York Times discusses the importance of voting by mail during this pandemic.

Especially amid the pandemic, it’s the surest path to a more inclusive, more accurate and more secure election.

County Attorney Vince Ryan shares information about COVID-19 related scams to be aware of as reported by KHOU 11 News.
07/31/2020
5 COVID-19 scams you need to be aware of

County Attorney Vince Ryan shares information about COVID-19 related scams to be aware of as reported by KHOU 11 News.

Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said crooks are using the fear of COVID-19 as a way to steal from people via emails, texts and phone calls.

We continue to fight injustices in the footsteps of those that worked so hard before us. Rest in peace John Lewis.
07/21/2020

We continue to fight injustices in the footsteps of those that worked so hard before us. Rest in peace John Lewis.

Here's a story about a voter that cast their vote with just minutes to spare.
07/15/2020
It took a doctor's note and mad dash to Sonic for this coronavirus sufferer to vote

Here's a story about a voter that cast their vote with just minutes to spare.

Linda Harrison and her husband couldn't go to the polls because they were diagnosed with COVID-19. A state judge rebuffed their request for help obtaining absentee ballots, so Harrison scrambled and managed to get her vote in with four minutes to spare.

Many of us knew and were mentored by T. Gerald Treece, South Texas College of Law vice president and associate dean of a...
07/14/2020
Houston law school legend 'Coach' T. Gerald Treece dies

Many of us knew and were mentored by T. Gerald Treece, South Texas College of Law vice president and associate dean of advocacy who led the school’s nationally recognized moot court and mock trial competition teams.
Coach Treece passed away Monday; we will miss his kindness, wisdom, and legal knowledge.

T. Gerald Treece, a legend at South Texas College of Law who led the school’s nationally recognized moot court and mock trial competition teams, died Monday. Treece, known around campus as “Coach,” left a profound impact on the student body for more than four decades, the school said in a Face...

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The Harris County Attorney is the civil lawyer for Harris County. Our office provides advice and representation to the County, its elected and appointed officers, and employees for county business. The Harris County Attorney: Uses civil enforcement to protect neighborhoods, clean up the environment, and shut down illegal enterprises; Protects children and the elderly through our representation of state and county agencies; Defends Harris County when lawsuits are filed against it; Pursues claims and collects revenue when the County is owed money; Advises elected officials and prepares contracts for Harris County.

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