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ABA/FEMA Disaster Legal Assistance Program - ABA Young Lawyers Division (New York)

Since September 2007 the ABA YLD has responded to 103 declared disasters is 37 states and U.S.

The American Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division (YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have a Memorandum of Understanding creating the Disaster Legal Assistance Program. The memorandum requires the YLD to provide pro bono disaster related legal services to low-income victims of a federally-declared disaster when asked to do so by FEMA. One means of delivering legal services is through a disaster hotline, but YLD also employs clinics and disaster resource centers as well.

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  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: New York
  • Area of law: Disaster and Emergency Assistance
  • Populations Served: General Public
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Senior Lawyers
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: Yes
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Hotline staffing
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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