Hurricane Relief Efforts
By: Jay Forester

As you know, portions of the U.S. and the Caribbean were devastated over the last month as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria.  The ABA Young Lawyers Division responded by implementing Disaster Legal Services (DLS) in Texas, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Georgia.  More information on these efforts is located here.

Unsurprisingly, ABA YLD members and affiliates across the country are asking “How can we help?”  As a result, we prepared this update with our suggestions of how non-impacted affiliates can help.


Sign up to participate in the FreeLegalAnswers Program.

Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. (In Texas, the site is TexasLegalAnswers.org.) Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice.


Make a contribution to ABA FJE (Fund for Justice and Education) to assist the ABA in the provision of direct legal services to those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. 

SOLACE (Support Of Lawyers/Legal Personnel — All Concern Encouraged) is coordinating gift card donations for impacted members of the legal community (and their families) including those in Houston.

The Houston Bar Association is requesting gift cards for Hurricane Harvey Relief to Home Depot, Office Depot, Walgreens, Kmart, Ace Hardware, and Amazon. These gift cards will allow individuals to purchase supplies such as solar chargers, vehicle chargers, and other home and office equipment.

To donate to the legal community in Houston, contact Alistair Dawson, president of the Houston Bar Association or mail gift cards directly to:

Houston Bar Association
1111 Bagby, FLB 200
Houston, Texas 77002



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