Disasters, both natural and manmade, can result in large populations in immediate need of legal assistance on a number of topics. Although it is difficult to know when disaster may strike, legal services providers can have a plan in place to mobilize community attorneys to provide pro bono assistance when necessary. Including volunteer attorneys in the plan will allow the program to provide assistance to more people, more quickly and efficiently. Check out the Basic Resources and Organizing a Disaster Legal Assistance Relief effort below.
American Bar Association Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness
The Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness is committed to educating lawyers, bar associations and the justice system to prepare for and respond to disasters.
The National Disaster Legal Aid website gathers resources from the American Bar Association. Legal Services Corporation, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Lone Star Legal Aid and Pro Bono Net.
The ABA Center for Pro Bono's Clearinghouse Library contains additional materials concerning disaster assistance projects, including manuals for the provision of disaster legal assistance. For more information, please email Center Staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.