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February 13, 2020

ABA to hold disaster response symposium at Pepperdine School of Law

WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2020 — The American Bar Association will hold a Disaster Response Symposium on Feb. 21 at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law in Malibu, Calif.

The daylong program will focus on the state of disaster response and recovery, improving the delivery of legal services in response to natural disasters and emerging issues in disaster advocacy. ABA President Judy Perry Martinez will be the keynote luncheon speaker.

Disaster Response Symposium
Sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response and PreparednessABA Young Lawyers Division Disaster Legal Services Program and Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

Friday, Feb. 21
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263

Programs of note include:

“The State of Disaster Response and Recovery in California” — Representatives from three regional working groups will discuss the state of disaster response and recovery in California.

9:30-10:30 a.m.

“LSC Disaster Task Force Report Implementation Update” — In September 2019, Legal Services Corporation released its Disaster Task Force Report, which offers recommendations on how legal aid providers can collaborate with federal, state and local emergency managers, private attorneys, businesses, nonprofit organizations and social services providers to help communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters. Representatives from LSC will provide a brief overview of the report and its plan for implementation in 2020.

1:15-1:45 p.m.

“Avoid Dressing for Yesterday’s Weather: Current Topics in Disaster Advocacy” — Just when you think you have mastered the area of disaster law, changes in laws and policies present new issues and new sets of challenges. A panel of California attorneys on the forefront of disaster advocacy will discuss emerging issues and avenues to advocate for survivors.

2-3 p.m.

“Is California Ready for an Earthquake? What We Learned in Alaska May Shake You Up” — On the morning of Nov. 30, 2018, a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit south central Alaska, with its epicenter 10 miles north of Anchorage. The disaster posed unique challenges in providing relief to residents in Alaska, and over a year later, many of those residents are left with more questions than answers. An expert panel will review what they learned and how to plan for the next big one.

3:15-4:15 p.m.

“You’re on Your Own: Being Resilient in Remote Areas” — Disasters can happen anywhere, from large metropolitan areas to rural areas in the Midwest to far-off island territories. Panelists will discuss ways to overcome unique obstacles in remote areas and strategies for success for future disasters.

3:15-4:15 p.m.

The complete agenda can be viewed online.

This event is open to members of the press. For media credentialing, please contact Priscilla Totten at [email protected]

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