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David Wrinkle

  • Hosted by Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Paducah, Kentucky
  • Law school Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

David Wrinkle (He/Him/His) will continue to develop and enhance Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA)’s outreach to those who have been affected by disasters.

Disadvantaged residents face legal problems (eviction, foreclosure, and repair problems) that are either directly or indirectly related to disasters. Legal problems vary from not knowing about assistance, ineffective applications for assistance, government assistance programs being discontinued, poverty, and poor decisions. Earlier requests for legal assistance can lead to better outcomes, and this project seeks to build on that.

The Western Kentucky Region has been struck repeatedly by ice storms, flooding, and tornado outbreaks causing massive property damage, hardship, and in the two most recent tornadoes, multiple deaths. The courthouse that David practiced in as a public advocate was completely destroyed by a tornado. As such, David has seen firsthand how disasters have impacted his community.

Fellowship Plans

During his Fellowship, David will develop outreach programming for smaller audiences with a mobile presentation kit (equipment). He will also leverage messaging through social media and community resource fairs. David will develop social media outreach, for example, through the use of QR code messaging to reach younger community members.

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