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National Advisory Group
National Advisory Group
The Disaster Legal Aid National Advisory Group consists of experts in disaster legal response from the Legal Services Corporation, American Bar Association, legal services organizations and law schools. If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case, the Advisory Group is here to help! Please read below for information on the group, group members and how to contact the group with inquiries.
About the National Advisory Group
The Disaster Legal Aid National Advisory Group serves as advisors to attorneys and legal services programs engaged in disaster legal response efforts. The advisors are attorneys knowledgeable in one or more common legal disaster issues such as dealing with FEMA and FEMA-administered programs/benefits, insurance, the National Flood Insurance Program, housing issues that arise following a disaster, fraudulent repair, and administrative law and benefits available to survivors. In addition, experts in the use of technology, mobilizing volunteers, conducting outreach and managing resources will be available.
The initial function of the National Advisory Group is to initiate a web-based effort to respond to inquiries from legal services and pro bono attorneys working with disaster-affected clients. Advisory group members will work together to respond to inquiries from attorneys and help formulate the proper advice. The goal is to institutionalize the successful efforts of the Legal Services Corporation in coordinating the disaster response of legal services organizations.
As the year progresses, the core members will determine how the Advisory Group will grow and sustainably function, and starting in the second year the group will be fully functional with different levels of involvement and response, and with the participation of disaster legal attorneys nationally.
Contacting the National Advisory Group
National Advisory Group Members
- David Nguyen, American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
- Don Saunders, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
- Elizabeth Arledge, Voices for Civil Justice
- John Eidleman, Legal Services Corporation
- Liz Keith, Pro Bono Net
- Mary Ellen Martinet, FEMA
- Reenie Terjak, Colorado Legal Services
- Robert Horowitz, American Bar Association
- Robin Murphy, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
- Saundra Brown, Lone Star Legal Aid
- Thomas Maligno, Touro Law Center
- Tony Barash, American Bar Association Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness
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