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National Disaster

Legal Aid

Resources for Pro Bono Volunteers

In 2018, Pro Bono Net and Lone Star Legal Aid developed the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center for DisasterLegalAid.org to help address a nationwide need to network public interest legal advocates working on disaster legal aid and share advocacy resources and tools across regions. 

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. To sign up, please click here.


Are You An Attorney Who Can Help? 

Check out this recent CLE on Opportunities for Pro Bono Before and After Disaster Strikers from the American Bar Association and this timeline for the short, medium, and long-term legal needs after a disaster. 

Texas Severe Storms and Flooding 2019

  • Complete this FORM for disaster assistance volunteer opportunities at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc. (TRLA) related to the June 2019 South Texas Floods. Once you submit the form below, TRLA will be in touch regarding possible pro bono opportunities that fit your interest as the need arises among their clients.

Nebraska Severe Winter Storm and Flooding 2019

Alaska 2018 Earthquake 

California - Fall 2018 Wildfires 

  • Pro Bono Training Institute, New Disaster Relief Training Series - PBTI’s Disaster Relief training modules will teach trainees how to assist individuals in applying for various forms of disaster relief under the supervision of a trained legal aid attorney.
  • Review Morrison & Foerster's Fall 2018 California Wildfires Helping Handbook- A Resource for Individuals, Families, and Small Businesses.
  • Legal Services of Northern California is seeking private attorneys who live within driving distance of the Camp Fire who would like to volunteer their time to assist low income people affected by the fire.  Please contact their Pro Bono Coordinator at probono@lsnc.net for additional information.
  • The State Bar of California is working with local bar associations, legal services providers, law schools, and pro bono partners to coordinate the legal response for survivors of the Northern and Southern California wildfires. Register to volunteer via this online form
  • Complete this Volunteer Lawyer Form for Pepperdine University School of Law - Their Disaster Relief Clinic will offer pro bono legal services to people affected by the Southern California Wildfires of 2018. The Disaster Relief Clinic will provide community education, limited-scope representation, advice and counsel, and referrals to volunteer lawyers on matters related to the Wildfires. These matters likely will include applications and appeals for FEMA and other governmental benefits, insurance disputes, housing matters, business interruption, and related matters.

Other Ways to Help 

Give Advice through Free Legal Answers – This virtual legal advice clinic allows users to post questions to their state's website. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Learn more here.

More Resources   

For free resources, please click below. 

      

 

free legal help in your state: LawHelp.org

  • Recovering from Disaster | by FEMA
  • DisasterAssistance.gov | A secure, user-friendly web portal that consolidates information about federally funded government assistance to disaster victims, including the ability to apply for FEMA benefits directly online. [Example of body paragraph copy]
  • State Offices of Emergency Management | A list of the emergency management offices in all 50 states plus territories.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline | The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.
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If you are a pro bono or legal services attorney working on a disaster-related case and have a question, consider joining the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center to tap into others' expertise and experience.