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September 22, 2021

New ABA guide provides the essentials of disaster law practice

CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2021 — A new book from the American Bar Association, “Meeting the Legal Needs of Disaster Survivors: Third Responders,” brings together some of the United States’ most knowledgeable experts on disaster law to provide a critical resource for pro bono attorneys and other stakeholders to understand the essentials of disaster law practice.

Part One discusses Disaster Legal Services, the partnership between the ABA Young Lawyers Division and FEMA that is a leading facilitator of pro bono legal disaster response in the U.S., and the Disaster Recovery Clinic at Hofstra University, a model for how legal education can contribute to disaster response. This section also covers strategies for managing compassion fatigue and the psychological impact of disaster response work.

Part Two provides background and guidance on key issues that pro bono disaster response attorneys encounter:

  • Equitable access for non-English speakers and other marginalized groups
  • FEMA Individual Assistance Program
  • FEMA Individuals and Households Program
  • Common complications in documenting homeownership
  • Flood insurance claims
  • Tenant rights and post-disaster challenges for renters

About the author

David Hoa K. Nguyen is an assistant professor of Urban Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Previously, he was an assistant professor of Educational Leadership at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and assistant professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Nguyen has a B.S. in secondary education from Indiana University Bloomington, J.D. from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Title:                       Meeting the Legal Needs of Disaster Survivors: Third Responders
Publisher:     Section of State and Local Government Law
Pages:           259
Product Code:   5330256
ISBN:             9781641059589
Size:              6x9
Binding:        Paperback and eBook
Price:             $69.95

Editor’s note: Electronic review copies are available by sending an email to Francine Bennett-Beasley at [email protected]. If you publish a review of this book, please send tear sheets or a copy for our files to Francine Bennett-Beasley, ABA Publishing, 321 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654.

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