- Equal Justice Works is currently conducting a needs assessment survey to understand the legal needs of low-income communities affected by disaster. The objective is to collect information from legal service providers across the country on the current state of affairs and the capacity of legal aid organizations, in order to understand whether and how Equal Justice Works may help support the response of local service providers through its Disaster Resilience Program. Equal Justice Works established the Disaster Resilience Program as a standing program mobilizing Fellows to continually address the critical legal needs that low-income communities face before, during, and after a disaster including COVID-19. Once the survey results are collected, Equal Justice Works will determine what program strategy will be most effective and responsive.
Please take a few minutes to complete the needs assessment survey here on behalf of your organization. You may also forward this survey to those you feel may also be able to assist appropriately. The survey will close on October 13, 2020.
- Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster by the Practising Law Institute - This training enables attorneys to help serve as LEGAL FIRST RESPONDERS™ and will prepare attorneys to participate in disaster legal services pro bono efforts, including brief phone assistance, providing legal information and referral, in person assistance at know-your-rights workshops, community forums and legal aid clinics (general or subject-specific), and legal representation (limited and full scope). You can access the program on-demand HERE.
- COVID-19 Legal Response: For advocates interested in sharing information, resources and strategies, please visit our COVID-19 Legal Response page.
- Amid COVID-19, ABA and Paladin launch disaster relief pro bono portal to provide free legal services
- Figuring Out FEMA: A Trauma-informed Resource for Disaster Survivors - Download your free copy of Figuring Out FEMA, a new pocket-sized, trauma-informed visual resource for people affected by natural disasters.
- Touro Law Review publishes its Disaster Relief Symposium Issue.
- Individual Assistance Program and Policy Guide (IAPPG)
- Numbers Don’t Lie: Data, Disasters and Racial Disparities, n/a, Oct 20
- Ready Seniors Virtual Workshop, n/a, Oct 21
- Amateur "HAM" Radio for Emergency Managers, n/a, Oct 22
- Disaster Housing Renters, Disaster Series 4, Tallahassee, Oct 22
- Emergency Operation Planning for Houses of Worship in USVI, n/a, Oct 22
- ABA Section of State & Government Law: 2020 Fall Virtual Meeting, n/a, Oct 26 - Oct 30
- Preparedness Planning for Tsunami, n/a, Oct 27
- State and Local Government Virtual Fall Conference, n/a, Oct 27 - Oct 29
- Disaster Public Benefits, Tallahassee, Oct 29
- You Are the Help Until Help Arrives, n/a, Oct 29
- FEMA Appeals Disaster Series 6, Tallahassee, Nov 5
- You Are the Help Until Help Arrives, n/a, Nov 5
- 2020 NLADA Virtual Conference, n/a, Nov 9 - Nov 13
- Mask Considerations and Usage for COVID-19, n/a, Nov 10
- FEMA Recoupment, Disaster Series 7, Tallahassee, Nov 12
- View more
You put in the hours to become a legal expert. Can communities affected by natural disasters count on your skills? Visit www.disasterlegalaid.org/get-started to learn more.
New Remote Legal Support Guide
Pro Bono Net, the Immigration Advocates Network, and partners release the Remote Legal Support Guide: A Best Practices Manual for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Innovation
The Remote Legal Support Guide: A Best Practices Manual for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Innovation is a collaborative text by over 10 organizations that pools expert resources and experience and explores different ways to leverage technology and share strategies that increase rural and underserved communities' access to justice. The Guide and more background on this initiative is available here. We hope this resource is helpful for any programs considering shifting to remote support to help keep staff, clients and communities healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.