Pro Bono Net would like to recognize the thousands of volunteer lawyers who make a huge difference for those in need and the incredibly important work of pro bono volunteers in building our capacity to meet the vast unmet need for civil legal services. This year we are celebrating National Pro Bono Week by focusing on disaster resiliency in addition to pro bono work around the country. Throughout the week we will be sharing events, resources and highlights of the work being done to help people facing legal challenges post disaster. We are very proud to showcase this work and hope that it will inspire more people to get involved.
This summer Pro Bono Net launched a national roundtable series to discuss topics of cross-cutting interest to disaster legal aid practitioners across regions, in partnership with Lone Star Legal Aid and the Legal Services Corporation.
On Wednesday, October 24th, in honor of Pro Bono Week, we will be hosting Ready, Willing & Able: Organizing the Legal Community’s Response to Disasters. This roundtable will explore various approaches to rapid post-disaster mobilization of legal volunteers from the 2017 major disasters.
The Disaster Legal Aid 2018 Roundtable Series is an opportunity to discuss the work and challenges associated with legal issues in the aftermath of the 2017 & 2018 natural disasters, and to aid programs in preparing for future events. They are hosted by Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid and the Legal Services Corporation, along with leading programs and subject matter experts in the area of disaster response.
We welcome all leaders and staff at public interest legal organizations, law school students and faculty, pro bono counsel from law firms and corporations and allied efforts involved in disaster legal aid work after a disaster. To register for the roundtable, visit www.disasterlegalaid.org/advocates/roundtables.
Previous roundtables include: 25 Pro Tips for Working with FEMA, Introduction to Federal Disaster Benefits and the ABA-YLD Disaster Legal Services Program, The Disaster Never Seems to End: Insurance Issues Post-Disaster and more. Recordings of these roundtables along with their materials are available at www.disasterlegalaid.org/advocates/roundtables. While you need to be a member of the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center, the membership and all resources and materials are FREE.
For more information on our celebration of Pro Bono this week, visit www.probono.net/celebrate.