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

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.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Mississippi
  • Area of law: Disaster and Emergency Assistance
  • Populations Served: General Public
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • 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: Hotline staffing
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Ms. Joseph is a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Closing the Gap program. She began volunteering with Closing the Gap at the commencement of this year and has assisted unrepresented litigants almost each month thereafter. Read More

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