We're here to help

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.

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Support Disaster Legal Services

Your generous gift to the YLD will be combined and leveraged with other donations to further such initiatives as the YLD Disaster Legal Services.

Disaster Legal Services Pro Bono Portal

Find a way to help those in need during a disaster

The YLD Disaster Legal Services Program and Paladin have launched the first national disaster relief pro bono portal. This free centralized, sortable database will list opportunities to serve those impacted by COVID-19 and other natural disasters.

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How DLS Works

How we're responding to COVID-19 (and how you can help)

Learn what triggers the DLS program and how it's implemented. Plus, take a closer look at the current federal restrictions on the DLS program in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and discuss how states can implement their own state-wide COVID-19 hotline.

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Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 Resources

The ABA Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness has gathered links to articles, FAQs, and continuity information related to the Coronavirus to guide lawyers, law firms, and law students on implications and obligations during this pandemic.

Pandemic - Resources

Economic Impact Payment Navigator

Has your business been impacted by COVID-19? To help you understand what you need to do to qualify for and receive assistance from the IRS, we've developed this Economic Impact Payment Navigator. This tool was created through a collaboration between Lagniappe Law Lab, attorneys Amanda Brown and Andrew Van Singel, the Community Lawyer platform, and the ABA Center for Innovation, the ABA Section of Taxation, and the ABA Diversity and Inclusion Center.

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Coronavirus CLE Webinars

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having significant legal implications across the sector. The ABA is pleased to be able to offer a variety of CLE webinars and on-demand products that specifically address some of your questions on the effects of this outbreak.

COVID-19 - Collections

Language Justice During COVID-19

Alena Uliasz, Joann Lee, and Ana Paula Noguez Mercado, co-authors of Language Justice in Legal Services published in the Management Innovation Exchange (MIE) for Legal Aid Journal, talked with DLS' Casey Payton to offer tips for ways lawyers can use language justice principles in everyday practice and during COVID-19.

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More COVID-19 Information

We've gathered all of our DLS resources related to the coronavirus pandemic on one mini site.

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Disaster Legal Services Hotline

Disaster Legal Services Hotline

Looking for legal help after a disaster? Call 888-743-5749.

The ABA Young Lawyers Division has teamed up with RingCentral Inc. to create a national hotline to connect the Disaster Legal Services Program with those seeking civil legal services. From tornadoes to COVID-19, disaster survivors can call 888-743-5749 to connect to legal assistance in every state and U.S. territory as the relief efforts are implemented.

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Natural Disasters

South Carolina tornadoes

A toll-free legal aid hotline is available to South Carolina victims of storm-related damage as a result of tornadoes and strong storms on April 12 and 13 in recently declared disaster areas.

South Carolina - Storms

Mississippi Severe Weather

Legal aid information regarding the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that affected Mississippi in April 2020.

Mississippi - Severe Weather

Oregon Severe Weather

Legal aid information regarding the severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides that affected Oregon in April 2020.

Oregon - Severe Weather

Middle Tennessee Tornadoes

Legal assistance organizations and bar associations have joined forces to support people affected by the tornadoes that moved through Middle Tennessee overnight between March 2 and 3, 2020.

Middle Tennessee - Tornado Information

Puerto Rico earthquake

A toll-free legal help hotline is now available to survivors impacted by Puerto Rico’s recent earthquakes.

Puerto Rico - Earthquakes

Our History

45 years of disaster relief, recovery, and assistance

Andrew VanSingel, chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, details the history of the Disaster Legal Services program in "The Calm After the Storm: 45 Years of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Division’s Disaster Legal Ser s Disaster Legal Services Pr vices Program" for the Touro Law Review.

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Disaster Legal Aid Information

Resources

FEMA links, legal aid resources, and volunteer opportunities.

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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.

DLS Articles

Thousands of new lawyers provide free legal advice and representation to hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors in the United States and its territories. Read about what they do and why it's important.

DLS - Articles

Partners

Meet the groups and agencies our Disaster Legal Services team works with.

DLS - Partners