August 31, 2017

How Should Lawyers Contribute to Community Resilience?

The American Bar Association (ABA) is assuming a leadership role in the area of community resilience and disaster mitigation and response through the efforts of its standing and special committees, sections, and the ABA’s leadership. The ABA House of Delegates has unanimously passed Resolution 108 urging lawyers and law firms to advocate and actively participate in community resilience initiatives. See https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/images/disaster/Resolution%20108%20FINAL.pdf. The Resolution also urges federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments to adopt standards, guidance, best practices, programs, and regulatory systems to make communities more resilient to loss and damage from foreseeable hazards. These efforts should recognize property rights, encourage affordable risk mitigation, protect the interests of taxpayers, and protect the environment.

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