Message From the Chair
On August 29, 2015, I joined fellow New Orleanians in a City Wide Day of Service to mark the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Across the City of New Orleans, thousands of volunteers participated in one of the most comprehensive and unique service projects Louisiana, and perhaps the entire Country, has ever seen. As I reflect on the past 10 years, what lingers with me the most is the resiliency of New Orleans and countless other cities across this country after each tragedy. We have made incredible strides in recovery, but the number of disasters that this Country continues to face is a constant reminder that disaster response and preparedness is necessary more than ever.
After each disaster, we are constantly reminded that the legal community is certainly not immune from its catastrophic effects. This reality underscores the wisdom of the ABA leadership when it created the Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness in 2006, and advanced it to the Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness in 2015. Our Committee is dedicated to providing lawyers, bar associations and the justice system with tools to prepare for and respond to disasters. The Committee has authored, Surviving a Disaster: A Lawyer’s Guide to Disaster Planning and Surviving a Disaster, a Guide of Disaster Planning for Bar Associations, two excellent and comprehensive resources on disaster preparation. The Committee is at the forefront in advising the ABA on policies on rule of law in times of major disasters, legal services, cybersecurity, election procedures and countless other issues. Additionally, the Committee has built coalitions with FEMA, the Disaster Legal Services Program and other national legal service and disaster organizations to keep abreast of the latest and major disaster issues facing lawyers today.
On behalf of the Committee, we welcome you to visit our web page for current updates on disaster legal news, hotlines and valuable resources for you to incorporate in your practice and management of your office. Join our efforts to help lawyers, bar associations and the justice system remain resilient in the wake or aftermath of a disaster. We look forward to working with you! If you have ideas that might support the Committees’ efforts, please contact the Committee's staff liaison, Elizabeth Yang. .