In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, communities around the country opened their arms to evacuees, which included a substantial segment of the state’s legal community. In Louisiana alone, more than 200,000 homes were badly damaged or destroyed, more than 20% of the state’s population had property damage claims as a result of the storms, and more than a third of the state’s lawyers were displaced. At the same time, the Gulf states experienced an influx of lawyers from other states who came to the devastated areas to help those in need. Each situation created ethical problems for lawyers practicing outside the jurisdiction in which they were licensed.

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