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Hurricane Harvey - How the Legal Aid Community Can Help

 

Like many of you, Pro Bono Net's thoughts are with those in Texas and Louisiana impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As an advocate for justice, you no doubt share our concerns about the disproportionate and long-term impact disasters often have on low-income and other vulnerable communities, as well as the direct impact Harvey has had nonprofit legal aid programs such as Lone Star Legal Aid.

Legal aid programs help survivors rebuild their lives and navigate the road to recovery, including applying for disaster benefits, replacing wills and vital documents, making insurance claims, combatting contractor fraud and scams, and more. Pro Bono Net continues to work with national and local partners to support post disaster legal efforts as we have in the past for both Katrina and Sandy. (To learn more about the critical work of legal aid in long-term community recovery, read this reflection on Hurricane Katrina by Laura Tuggle of Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS), one of Pro Bono Net’s longstanding partners in the Gulf region.)

Below are some resources for how you and the public interest legal community can help now, and stay connected as the needs evolve:

 

Sign up through the State Bar of Texas’s Disaster Relief Resources page or the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Project’s Volunteer Portal to learn about ways pro bono attorneys, including those out of state, can help.
   

Follow Pro Bono Texas (@ProBonoTX) on Twitter for updates on remote trainings, and register for Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance, a free Practising Law Institute one-hour briefing for attorneys on Thursday, September 7 at 4pm EST.  PLI’s Amy Taub will joined by Laura Tuggle and FEMA representatives to discuss federal disaster assistance for disaster survivors.
   

Bookmark DisasterLegalAid.org for emerging developments in Texas and other regions that may be impacted by Harvey in the days ahead. Disaster Legal Aid provides centralized resources nationally to legal aid and pro bono programs on a range of disasters, as well as referral information for the public.  It is a joint effort of Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and Texas Legal Services Center.
   

Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Legal Relief Fund established by the Texas Access to Justice Foundation to support the vital work of nonprofit legal aid programs in relief efforts.
*If you are able to help in other ways but aren't sure where to start, fell free to contact us at info@probono.net and we'll do our best to connect you with the right resources.

 

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Kate Powers is an associate in the litigation department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as a Notes Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She currently volunteers with Her Justice in New York. Read More

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