The AABA is concerned for all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. We hope that our Anne Arundel legal community can play a role in helping those who have been affected recover from these disasters. There are many opportunities for lawyers to provide help—including legal services—to the victims, and we hope that our members can find a way to make a difference.
Legal Service Opportunities
There are a number of organizations seeking lawyers to provide pro bono legal service to hurricane victims. The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order allowing out-of-state lawyers to temporarily practice in the state in order to provide pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims.
American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services Program
State Bar of Texas Disaster Relief Volunteer Form
National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center
ABA Free Legal Answers Hotline, Hurricane-Related Issues
Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division, FEMA Call Center Volunteers (for lawyers barred in Florida)
Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Legal Advice Clinic Volunteers
Funds for Critical Needs
One of the best ways you can help is to make a donation to a trustworthy nonprofit organization providing critical services and supplies, including food, water, clothing and shelter, to those in the affected areas.
Texas Bar Foundation, Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund
Florida Bar Association, Civil Legal Aid Fund
ABA Legal Relief for Hurricane Victims
American Red Cross Donation Form
Here are a few additional web resources with links to organizations working to support people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
FEMA: Donate and Volunteer Responsibly
NPR: List of Organizations Providing Support in Texas
New York Times: How to Help Irma Victims and Avoid Scams
MSBA Hurricane Relief Information