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National Disaster

Legal Aid

Resources for Pro Bono Volunteers

Law School Resources

 

Since Katrina, law students have taken an active role as volunteers in disaster legal response and recovery. The legal clinics across the county have been an integral part in that disaster legal response, none perhaps more so than Touro Law School.  Those involved in the law school disaster response network would like to offer this page as a resource for law schools and law students to use as a springboard for their disaster response volunteer efforts.  

The Student Hurricane Network was a national network of law students dedicated to advancing the cause of social justice in communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by coordinating volunteer efforts, aiding public interest organizations, and educating members of the legal community about legal crises in the region. 

The Student Hurricane Network's website, *http://www.studentjustice.org*, will continue to exist in order to provide useful tools in trip planning, organizational contact information, and as a forum for contacting other students who plan to volunteer. 

How To Start a Disaster Law Clinic

Touro's Disaster Law Clinic Handbook- Restoring Power: How a Law School Responded to Superstorm Sandy

Below you will find a compilation of law school and clinic resources that could also be beneficial.

DISASTER ASSISTANCE LEGAL CLINICS AND EFFORTS

New York

Puerto Rico

Escuela de Derecho de la Universidad de Puerto Rico - Clínica Notarial (ownership issues after Hurricane María) 

Louisiana

Southern University Law Center - Disaster Recovery Law Clinic

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin Law School - Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief

California

Pepperdine Law - Disaster Relief Clinic

Texas

  • Ongoing- SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas,  Disaster Assistance legal clinic. 
  • South Texas College of Law - Animal Law Clinic (*As the initial outreach of the ALC, law students and faculty directors are creating a comprehensive disaster readiness manual in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on area animals. The manual will set out specific protocols and best practices for animal protection before, during, and after catastrophic events.)
  • The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinic at South Texas College of Law Houston is accepting FEMA appeals for Houston residents whose Harvey claims have been denied. 

Pennsylvania

LAW SCHOOLS WITH DISASTER-RELATED CLASSES

OTHER LAW SCHOOL PRO BONO EFFORTS

RELATED RESOURCES

ARTICLES

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.