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Homeowner Sohail Soomro dumps flood-damaged debris on his front yard in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday at the Canyon Gate community in Katy, Texas. (AP photo)
Homeowner Sohail Soomro dumps flood-damaged debris on his front yard in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on Thursday at the Canyon Gate community in Katy, Texas. (AP photo)

How to help Houston

Approximately 1,600 lawyers from across the nation have volunteered to help Hurricane Harvey victims, as of Minnesota Lawyer’s deadline.

The ABA Journal has posted information on aid to colleagues battered by the storm in the Texas gulf. At http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/how_you_can_help_those_affected_by_hurricane_harvey.

Information on getting involved, and on CLE support, is available at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/disaster/disaster_relief.html.

The Texas Supreme Court has issued an emergency order permitting out-of-state lawyers to practice law in Texas temporarily if the attorney works through a legal aid, pro bono or bar association program. The ABA has made two on-demand CLEs on representing disaster survivors available for free: Representing Disaster Survivors: Challenges to Survivors AND Lawyers and Representing Disaster Survivors II: Practical Litigation Tips on How to Succeed in Court and Administrative Hearings.

The disaster relief page also provides a way to donate funds. Information on Hurricane Irma in Florida is also available.

That page also provides resources for lawyers including “A Lawyer’s Guide to Disaster Planning” and “A Guide to Disaster Planning for Bar Associations.”

The National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center is available to persons who need legal help, attorneys who can help, and legal aid professionals. It is not limited to Hurricane Harvey. It provides a link to an online article in The Atlantic that notes that disasters like Harvey can create legal crises that last long after the waters recede. It also notes, “the professionals charged with assisting [those in need] through near-unnavigable forests of red tape are facing some of these same issues,” including an explosion and fire at the offices of Lone Star Legal Aid.

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