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New Resource Available for Attorneys Representing Disaster Survivors

Thursday, December 23, 2021

  • Disaster Legal Services Program

The program, “Current and Emerging Issues in Disaster Response: Legal Strategies and Practices for Helping Survivors,” is divided into several segments with over twenty (20) subject-matter experts covering topics related to:

·       The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the types of assistance programs made available after a federal major disaster declaration

·       Types of legal needs that arise after a disaster and advocacy strategies for attorneys representing disaster survivors

·       How climate disasters, laws, and other policies around disaster recovery affect survivors with disabilities, immigrant communities, and racial minorities

·       Examples of legal response frameworks and efforts in the aftermath of past major disasters

·       Uses of technology in disaster preparedness, response, and long-term recovery

·       When and how pro bono attorneys, law students, and other advocates can assist legal response efforts

 

This Practising Law Institute program was co-designed and co-hosted by Pro Bono Net, Equal Justice Works, and Lone Star Legal Aid for attorneys, community organizers, and other advocates across the United States committed to disaster response, recovery, and resilience. You can find the program materials and segment recordings on the Practising Law Institute’s website here. This program is free and will be available on-demand through November 2022. Attorneys seeking CLE credit for their jurisdictions can see CLE details on the page.

National Disaster Legal Aid

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Disaster Legal Response Resources for Advocates

The National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center welcomes 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.

The Advocacy Center includes information disaster response initiatives, upcoming events for advocates, developments from the field, and access to a network of over 600 advocates across the country. It is free to join, but some areas are password-protected. The Advocacy Center is maintained by Lone Star Legal Aid, a legal service provider in Texas. 

Learn more about the history and programs behind DisasterLegalAid.org.