Disaster Legal Services Program

About the Program

Through the Disaster Legal Services Program, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provide immediate temporary legal assistance to disaster survivors at no charge. 

Since September 2007 the ABA YLD has responded to 178 declared disasters in 44 states and 4 U.S. territories. (Last updated 8/2018)

If you have questions regarding the program please contact Alia Graham, Program Specialist or Daniel Wade, 2018 – 2019 Disaster Legal Services Director.

DLS Articles

Hurricane Recovery Resources

YLD Contact: Alia Graham

Current Pro Bono Hotlines

California hotline - California Wildfires

Butte County 1-800-345-9497

Los Angeles County 1-877-301-4448

Ventura County 1-877-301-4448


Northern Mariana Islands hotline

1-670-234-6243


Georgia hotline - Georgia Hurricane Michael

1-866-584-8027


Florida hotline - Florida Hurricane Michael

1-866-550-2929


South Carolina hotline - South Carolina Hurricane Florence

1-877-797-2227 ext. 120


North Carolina hotline - North Carolina Hurricane Florence

1-833-242-3549


California hotline - California Wildfires And High Winds

1-800-822-9687 (Shasta County)
1-877-529-7700 for (Lake County)


Texas hotline - Texas Severe Storms And Flooding

1-866 757-1570

Disaster Distress Helpline

The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is the first national hotline dedicated to providing year-round disaster crisis counseling. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text 'TalkWithUs' to 66746) to residents in the U.S. and its territories who are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or man-made disasters.

Program Partners

Survivors

Volunteers

About the Team

Daniel Wade
Coordinator
Bio (PDF)

Andrew VanSingel
Special Advisor
Bio (PDF)

Linda Anderson
Vice-Coordinator
Bio (PDF)

Courtney Emerson
Vice-Coordinator
Bio (PDF)

Jason T. Auer
Member
Bio (PDF)

Dan Vernoff
Member
Bio (PDF)

Melissa Luckman
Member
Bio (PDF)

Elizabeth "Beth" Overmoe
Member
Bio (PDF)

Diana-Marie Laventure
Member
Bio (PDF)

Casey DeReus
Member
Bio (PDF)