The New Jersey State Bar Association has launched efforts to help attorneys, the legal community and members of the public recover from Hurricane Sandy.
The association has several outlets to share the latest information about relief efforts and legal community updates.
“Hurricane Sandy left an incalculable trail of destruction, devastation and heartbreak, and we know that many of you are still struggling. We are dedicated to serving as a resource,” said President Kevin P. McCann. “As it has in previous disasters, the New Jersey State Bar Association and its volunteers are ready to assist people and businesses whose lives had been forever altered. While much is uncertain in times like these, I am confident that our profession and this association’s dedication to service remains strong, and our commitment to the community is steadfast.”
The association’s website, njsba.com will have daily updates with the latest court notices and other details. In addition, the association launched a dedicated page, accessible from its homepage, called “Hurricane Sandy Response.” That page is meant as a resource for information about federal, state, county and local government details, where to find gas, ways to donate. It also contains updates from law firms about how to reach displaced lawyers.
The New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s website, njicle.com, is also being regularly updated with information, and will include event information for programs that were postponed. The institute’s staff attorneys are also in the process of developing educational seminars meant to help attorneys learn how to help victims of Sandy recover.
The association is harnessing the power of its social media outlets to help. Anyone can take part in the conversation to find displaced lawyers, office space, volunteer, or address other needs through the association’s Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and CommunityNet.
Volunteer attorneys are needed for the association’s Mass Disaster Response program. Through the program volunteer attorneys agree to provide pro bono general legal help to members of the public. Attorney volunteers will likely be assisting members of the public with various storm-related issues, including insurance-related claims, and FEMA, landlord-tenant, business issues, bankruptcy, land use and environmental law matters. Volunteers are asked to complete a contact information form and sign a pledge that they will provide pro bono assistance to storm victims.
The forms and additional information are at njsba.com.
Through its sections and committees, the association is reaching out to lawyers throughout the state to identify legal issues associated with the storm, ways to assist lawyers in need and other issues.
The New Jersey Lawyers Assistance Program is available to any law student, judge, lawyer or legal professional in need of assistance to organize their thoughts and identifying resources. The hotline to call is 800-24-NJLAP.
RELIEF COLLECTION AT THE NEW JERSEY LAW CENTER
The New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick will serve as a central location where members, lawyers and the public can donate goods to help people and communities in need. Donations can be dropped off in the Visitors’ Lounge. Items to be collected are:
- · Cleaning products, including bleach, cleaning sprays, dust masks, latex gloves, sponges and mops
- · Yard tools, including heavy-duty garbage bags and masking tape
- · Baby food, formula, diapers and wipes
- · Personal hygiene items, including deodorant, toilet paper, toiletries, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and pain relievers
- · Pillows, blankets, sheets and towels
- · Gift cards
- · Canned and nonperishable food items
- · New or lightly used winter coats, boots, hats and gloves
- · Cat litter and pet food
- · School supplies
The New Jersey State Bar Association stands ready to serve not just its members, but the entire legal community and public, as a resource and source of information. If you have any questions or concerns, call 732-249-5000.