Pro Bono and Disasters

Model Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster

The American Bar Association House of Delegates approved a resolution of interest to the pro bono community at the 2007 ABA Midyear Meeting in February - A Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster (Katrina Rule)

The model rule allows out-of-state lawyers to provide pro bono legal services in an affected jurisdiction and lawyers in the affected jurisdiction whose legal practices had been disrupted by a major disaster to practice law on a temporary basis in an unaffected jurisdiction.

Charts

Report to House of Delegates (adopted February 2007)

Chart - State Implementation of ABA Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster

Conference of Chief Justices Resolution on adoption of ABA Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster

Amendment to Model Rule of Professional Conduct 5.5