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About the National Disaster Legal Aid website
The goals of this website are:
- to serve as a centralized national resource for legal aid, pro bono and criminal defender attorneys across the country on legal issues related to all types of disasters,
- to recruit and help mobilize pro bono attorneys in the aftermath of a disaster, and
- to provide accurate and timely information on legal issues related to disasters to the low and moderate income public.
DisasterLegalAid.org was originally launched in 2008 as a direct outgrowth of a website called Katrina Legal Aid, developed in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. With funding from the Legal Services Corporation's Technology Initiative Grant program, DisasterLegalAid.org was significantly expanded in 2014.
In 2018, Pro Bono Net and Lone Star Legal Aid developed the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to help address a nationwide need to network public interest legal advocates working on disaster legal aid and share advocacy resources and tools across region. All advocates and volunteers from nonprofit legal aid organizations, bar associations, pro bono counsel from law firms and corporations, law school students and faculty, and allied nonprofits working on disaster legal aid are welcome to join.
This site is a collaborative effort of Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, and Pro Bono Net.
Lone Star Legal Aid
Lone Star Legal Aid is the fourth largest provider of free legal aid in the United States. Headquartered in Houston with offices in Angleton, Beaumont, Galveston, and nine other cities across Southeast and East Texas, LSLA serves a 60,000 square-mile swath of Texas from Lampassas to the Louisiana state line, from Matagorda Bay to Texarkana. LSLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that protects and advances the civil legal rights of low-income Texans by providing advocacy, legal representation and community education to ensure equal access to justice. Learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid by visiting its website at http://www.LoneStarLegal.org.
American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service
The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is the ABA's center of activity for the development and promotion of pro bono policies and initiatives. The mission of the Committee includes fostering the development of pro bono programs and activities by law firms, bar associations, corporate legal departments, law schools, government attorney offices and others; analyzing the scope and function of pro bono programs; and proposing and reviewing legislation that affects lawyers' ability to provide pro bono legal services. Learn more about the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service by visiting its website at http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono.
Legal Services Corporation
The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is a private, non-profit corporation established by Congress to seek to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. LSC was created in 1974 with bipartisan congressional sponsorship and the support of the Nixon administration, and is funded through congressional appropriation. Learn more about LSC by visiting its website at http://www.lsc.gov.
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) is the nation's leading advocate for front-line attorneys and other equal justice professionals - those who make a difference in the lives of low-income clients and their families and communities. Representing legal aid and defender programs, as well as individual advocates, NLADA is proud to be the oldest and largest national, nonprofit membership association devoting 100 percent of its resources to serving the broad equal justice community. Learn more about NLADA by visiting its website at http://www.nlada.org.
Pro Bono Net
Pro Bono Net is a national, nonprofit organization that works in close partnership with nonprofit legal organizations across the country to increase access to justice for poor and moderate-income people and other vulnerable populations. It seeks to do so through (i) supporting the innovative and effective use of technology by the nonprofit legal sector, (ii) increasing participation by volunteers, and (iii) facilitating collaborations among nonprofit legal organizations and advocates working on similar issues or in the same region. Learn more about Pro Bono Net by visiting its website at http://www.probono.net.
Website photo credits: John Eidelman, LSC; Leah Margulies, LawHelpNY.org; Alice Morey, City Bar Justice Center; FEMA.gov and Getty Images.