Community-Based Strategies and Lawyering in the Wake of Natural Disasters

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid, Equal Justice Works
  • Source: National Disaster Legal Aid - OLD2 > National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center
  • Disasters
  • Webinar

Communities impacted by natural disasters often face fundamental decisions about recovery and rebuilding. Empowering communities with knowledge about their legal rights in this process means providing them with timely and relevant information. This webinar will highlight strategies used by two community-based groups working with disaster survivors and will feature examples of public participation and community engagement within the disaster context. 


This webinar is designed for the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps fellows but all advocates and attorneys interested in learning more about this topic are welcomed to join.

A collaboration between Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid, and the Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Legal Corps. 

Ariadna M. Godreau Aubert is a human rights lawyer. She obtained her JD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law and a Master's in Law degree in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, UK.  Ariadna has worked in several access to justice initiatives, which include strategic litigation at local and international levels, the use of technology to increase legal literacy and organizing movement lawyers. She is the coordinator of the Access to Justice Working Group  and the Executive Director of Ayuda Legal Puerto Rico, Inc. Ariadna is also an adjunct professor at the  Universidad de Puerto Rico, where she teaches courses on human rights, political theory and international relations. Her academic scholarship revolves around human rights, gender, austerity and the right to protest. Her first book, "Las propias: Apuntes para una pedagogía de las endeudadas" was published on March 2018.

Jean-Luc Adrien is an Equal Justice Works Disaster Recovery Fellow at the Community Justice Project. Jean-Luc uses a community and movement lawyering approach to serve community members and community groups in the context of disaster recovery legal services. He was previously a member of The Bronx Defenders’ Family Defense Practice, representing and defending parents in Bronx Family Court. Born in Haiti and raised in South Florida, Jean-Luc received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and a Sinsheimer Service Scholar, and his B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology, with a Minor in Spanish, from the University of Florida. During law school, Jean-Luc participated in the Equal Justice & Defender Clinic and the Juvenile Defender Clinic, and interned at The Bronx Defenders and the Community Justice Project, where he participated in the Bertha Justice Institute Ella Baker Program. Prior to law school, Jean-Luc taught high school Spanish in the Mississippi Delta.