On Monday, Sept. 25, ABA President Hilarie Bass flew to Houston to attend a law student training seminar called “FEMA and Beyond: Hurricane Harvey Legal Issues,” presented by Saundra Brown of Lone Star Legal Aid and sponsored by the Center for Consumer Law and University of Houston Law Center Clinical Programs.
Martin L. Mayo, Martin L. Mayo & Associates, PC; Saundra Brown, attorney, Lone Star Legal Aid; ABA President Hilarie Bass; Paul Furrh, Jr., CEO of Lone Star Legal Aid; Daniel Hu, chairman of the board of Lone Star Legal Aid.
Earlier in the day, Bass attended a Houston Volunteer Lawyers’ Clinic with HVL president Michael Hofrichter. More than 780,000 people have registered for FEMA benefits in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The legal issues resulting from this disaster are just beginning to surface and will go on for many months and likely years.
The ABA Young Lawyers Division’s Disaster Legal Services Program is working with FEMA and local legal aid offices to provide legal assistance to disaster survivors. Since September 2007, the YLD DLS has responded to more than 159 declared disasters in 43 states and two U.S. territories, including 18 so far this year.
ABA members can learn more about YLD DLS and volunteer to provide legal services for all the recent disasters here.