For those of you interested in how you might be able to help in Harvey’s aftermath, I’m sharing some information that I received from the National Conference of Bar Presidents and the National Organization of Bar Counsel.
There are opportunities to volunteer to provide legal services to those impacted by the disaster. There’s an obvious need for lawyers admitted in Texas or Louisiana, but it appears that, in Texas at least, out-of-state lawyers can contact the Texas State Bar and express an interest in volunteering.
If you know of anyone impacted by the disaster who needs help, National Disaster Legal Aid has created the Hurricane Harvey resource page.
State and local bar associations have published information on the resources that are available to those impacted. For more, visit any of the following:
- Houston Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas – Disaster Relief Resources
- State Bar of Texas – Disaster Legal Hotline
- Texas Law Help
The Texas Bar Foundation created a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund.
Finally, I’ll share a reminder from Christine Hickey, President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents:
- “While it is natural and appropriate that we focus on the legal needs of individuals and organizations in Harvey’s path, we cannot overlook the critical needs of shelter, food and clothes for individuals whose lives have been turned upside down. If you have not done so already, please consider making a donation to the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, or other reputable relief organization.”