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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. 

Georgia- Hurricane Michael

Contact the following groups to inquire about volunteer opportunities:

State Bar of Georgia (404-527-8700), Legal Aid Atlanta (404-524-5811), or Georgia Legal Services (1-800-498-9469).

Florida - Hurricane Michael

American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, DISASTER LEGAL SERVICES VOLUNTEER INTAKE FORM - Volunteer to answer the questions of disaster survivors on a pro bono basis. To be a volunteer, you simply have to complete the form and have a basic understanding of common problems experienced by disaster victims. The Disaster Assistance Manual for Legal Services Advocates explains what you need to know to assist victims. Visit our Disaster Assistance Manuals page and scroll down to Florida for a list of resources. Join the Disaster Legal Services Practice Area by CLICKING HERE.

 Guam - Typhoon Mangkhut

Disaster Legal Services Volunteer Form - Remote Appeal Work - Stateside volunteers will be used to handle FEMA Appeals remotely. Anyone licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction can volunteer.

Northern Mariana Islands - Typhoon Mangkhut and Super Typhoon Yutu

Disaster Legal Services Volunteer Form - Remote Appeal work for Confederation of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and Guam (DR-4396-MA/DR-4398-GM)- Stateside volunteers will be used to handle FEMA Appeals remotely. Anyone licensed in any U.S. jurisdiction can volunteer. 

South Carolina - Hurricane Florence

Volunteer by SIGNING UP HERE to provide some basic answers and advice, not take on the case for full representation. Attorneys who sign up are responsible for making contact within 24 hours with their assigned clients. 

North Carolina - Hurricane Florence

Weathering the Storm:  Disaster Preparedness for Pro Bono Attorneys - 90 minute YouTube video from Legal Aid of North Carolina

The Supreme Court of North Carolina issued an administrative order allowing lawyers licensed in other states but not in North Carolina to temporarily register with the North Carolina State Bar and begin providing pro bono legal services to indigent residents of the state who are victims of Hurricane Florence. Temporary practice of law in North Carolina pursuant to this order terminates on January 16, 2018. In state and out-of-state attorneys, law students, and paralegals can volunteer to take a pro bono case. For Volunteer Opportunities, CLICK HERE

American Samoa- Tropical Cyclone Gita

To Volunteer: Please fill this form out if you are interested in providing legal assistance to disaster survivors in American Samoa.  The disaster legal services hotline is operated by intake specialists from American Samoa Legal Aid, Inc.  Survivors that are not able to obtain assistance from ASLA will be referred to an attorney barred in American Samoa, or a volunteer attorney from the continental United States.

American Samoa Legal  Aid,  the American  Samoa  Bar  Association,  the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABAYLD), and other organizations are organizing to help provide free legal and recovery assistance to people affected by Tropical Storm Gita.  A representative of the YLD DLS program will be in Pago Pago, American Samoa to provide disaster legal services training and a public workshop. For the full press release and training dates, please click here.

California - Northern & Southern Wildfires

U.S. Virgin Islands - Hurricane María

Puerto Rico - Hurricane María

  • Urgent litigation needed for Puerto Rican families in New York - LatinoJustice PRLDEF is seeking immediate pro bono assistance to file a lawsuit to compel the federal government to continue housing aid to approximately 2,000 families who were evacuated from Puerto Rico because of Hurricane María and have not yet been able to find permanent housing. Without this aid, these families are highly likely to become homeless. For additional information, please contact jortiz@probono.net. 
  • Hurricane María Legal Assistance: Building a Legal Corps for Puerto Rico - Volunteer Form
  • ABA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Hotline - Volunteer Attorney Intake Form 
  • Puerto Rican Bar Association: Additional Ways to Help Puerto Rico- Legal Corps
  • Louisiana Civil Justice Center: Disaster Relief
  • Voluntariado Legal Puerto Rico

Texas- Hurricane Harvey

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 contacting the National Disaster Legal Aid Advisory Group to tap into their expertise and experience.