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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What We Do

How your peers are helping disaster survivors

Through the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s Disaster Legal Services program, thousands of new lawyers provide free legal advice and representation to hundreds of thousands of disaster survivors in the United States and its territories. Many non−YLD attorneys, paralegals, and law students devote a significant amount of time to ensure the success of this program.

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How to Prepare Yourself to Assist Disaster Victims

Most people associate the immediate needs of disaster survivors to be food, water, and shelter; however, there are significant legal needs of disaster survivors.

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How Lawyers Are Making a Difference for Disaster Survivors

After a disaster, emergency responders work around the clock to get things back to normal. For many, this happens in short order. But others face a different reality.

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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.