The New York County Lawyers’ Association and New York Legal Assistance Group have announced new efforts to assist Hurricane Sandy victims. To help with insurance claims or coverage issues, NYCLA is expanding its Legal Counseling Project to include insurance law. Until now, the project has advised on consumer bankruptcy, landlord-tenant issues, employment and family law. The group is seeking volunteer attorneys experienced in insurance law. Email Lois Davis at email@example.com.
NYCLA is also matching lawyers displaced from their offices with firms that have extra space. Firms that would like to temporarily donate space should call NYCLA at 212-267-6646. The bar group has made its own facilities, such as its library and conference rooms, available to members who may have been displaced. And NYCLA’s Young Lawyers Section is collecting water, blankets, non-perishable food, and other items as part of a hurricane relief drive. Donations may be dropped off at the bar group’s headquarters at 14 Vesey St.
Meanwhile, NYLAG will hold a virtual pro bono training session tomorrow on storm-related legal issues. Attorneys and other volunteers may sign up for a 90-minute webinar that will give an overview of several legal issues impacting storm victims. The training will go over how to apply for FEMA and other disaster relief programs, in addition to obtaining benefits such as food stamps, public assistance and unemployment. It will also go through housing matters likely to arise following storm-related property damage, such as landlord-tenant disputes, insurance claims and mortgage issues. The webinar will also discuss how to volunteer with NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit, which is providing onsite legal help throughout all five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County via NYLAG’s partner organizations.
Visit probono.net to register. Materials will be available online in advance. Though NYLAG is not offering CLE credit for the training, lawyers will get CLE credit for any time spent volunteering. Because it has been displaced from its offices at 7 Hanover Square, NYLAG’s departments are now spread out across the city in space donated by its law office partners. The group said it has received hundreds of requests for assistance from storm victims seeking legal help in the past week.