Over the past three months, since Hurricane Florence devastated counties throughout Eastern North Carolina, over 200 hundred pro bono attorneys, paralegals and law students have volunteered to provide crucial legal services to low-income survivors of the storm. Volunteers have assisted with intake and pro bono referrals through the Disaster Legal Services Hotline, a service provided by the NCBA Young Lawyers Division with support from the NC Bar Foundation Disaster Legal Services Fund.
American Bar Association President Bob Carlson visited the NC Bar Center on Wednesday, Dec. 12, to discuss North Carolina Disaster Legal Services (DLS) and ongoing efforts to assist victims of Hurricane Florence.
“The volunteer spirit that [NCBA members] have as a voluntary bar is contagious. We are glad and hopeful that we continue to have this connection, and that people are willing to do more.”
ABA President Bob Carlson
Right now, victims of Hurricane Florence need assistance with filing FEMA Appeals and Reconsiderations. The NC Pro Bono Resource Center is hosting three FEMA Appeals clinics in the New Year: January 12 (New Bern), February 9 (Wilmington) and February 23 (Morehead City). Volunteer attorney training will be provided.
The DLS project is a collaborative effort among the NCBA Young Lawyers Division, the ABA Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Legal Aid of North Carolina, with support from the North Carolina Bar Foundation and NC Pro Bono Resource Center.