For over 20 years, Pro Bono Net and our programs have played a key role in mobilizing and networking the legal community to assist the legal needs of disaster survivors. We develop and host resources to strengthen the work of legal advocates and volunteers engaged in disaster response efforts.
In 2008, Pro Bono Net joined with Lone Star Legal Aid, the American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association to create DisasterLegalAid.org, which is now the leading national online resource and network dedicated to providing comprehensive and timely information on legal issues impacting communities hit by climate disasters. Since its founding, DisasterLegalAid.org’s resources and knowledge network have supported local and national legal response efforts for over 100 disasters.
National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center
After 2017’s unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires, Pro Bono Net partnered with Lone Star Legal Aid to launch the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center, an online community to support public interest legal advocates helping communities recover, rebuild and grow resilience in the wake of disasters. Through this network, Pro Bono Net has organized training events and roundtables for hundreds of advocates nationwide.
In 2021, Pro Bono Net joined Equal Justice Works, the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the American Red Cross, and Lone Star Legal Aid to launch the first-ever Disaster Resilience Awareness Month. Throughout March every year, Pro Bono Net supports programming around preparedness and resilience for survivors and advocates.
Helping Survivors Obtain Federal Disaster Assistance
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Pro Bono Net partnered with the City Bar Justice Center in New York to launch FEMAAppeals.org, a LawHelp Interactive-powered interview to help survivors who cannot access or afford an attorney to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster assistance determination. The interview has since been expanded nationally and modified over time to reflect FEMA changes.