December 07, 2018

ABA president to meet with Florida leaders about hurricane disaster relief

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2018 — ABA President Bob Carlson will visit Tallahassee, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec. 11, to meet with state and local officials, including Tallahassee Mayor John Dailey and Florida Supreme Court Justice Jorge Labarga, as well as Tallahassee legal aid lawyers who both represent survivors and were themselves personally affected by Hurricane Michael, to discuss disaster legal services.

After natural disasters, the ABA Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Disaster Legal Services Program works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local legal aid offices to provide legal assistance to disaster survivors. Disaster-related legal issues include landlord/tenant problems, insurance claims, FEMA claims and consumer issues such as contractor fraud.

Carlson’s schedule includes:

12:30-2 p.m. Disaster Roundtable Luncheon to discuss current and future legal needs, recognize pro bono attorneys and engage non-legal partners in post-disaster assistance. Dailey and Labarga will also attend the luncheon.

Florida State University

425 W. Jefferson St in Tallahassee

2:30-3:30 p.m. Legal Services of North Florida to discuss disaster legal issues with LSNF attorneys.

2119 Delta Blvd.

4-4:30 p.m. Tour FEMA Joint Field Office

2670 Executive Center Circle West

And/or FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

Tallahassee Public Library

200 W. Park Ave.

Since October, volunteer attorneys have resolved or referred to lawyers licensed in Florida disaster-related cases. Since 2007, ABA YLD has responded to more than 180 declared disasters in 44 states and 4 U.S. territories.

If you would like to interview Carlson about volunteer lawyers assisting disaster victims in Florida, please contact Priscilla Totten at


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