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Hannah Dyal

  • Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Law school The University of Texas School of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Hannah Dyal is an Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). Hannah is dedicated to providing direct legal services to low-income clients, towards the eradication of economic discrimination. Her experience working on disaster assistance and recovery efforts have opened her eyes to the specific ways in which disasters reveal and worsen economic inequality. As such, she has become an impassioned advocate for low-income disaster survivors.

Hannah’s project addresses ongoing housing and economic needs from Hurricane Harvey. She provides legal services to residents of counties in south and west Texas directly impacted by natural disasters, with a focus on direct representation of low-income individuals before FEMA and the State of Texas. Hannah also works to build coalitions and institutional knowledge to support the program’s response to future disasters by participating in Coastal Bend area coalitions involved in disaster work and in larger-scale advocacy efforts, both for Harvey long-term recovery efforts as well as ongoing efforts focused on disaster preparedness and new responses.

Prior to joining the DRLC, Hannah served in various roles as a law student at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, where she served clients on a variety of legal issues including immigration matters and disaster recovery. She also gained experience as a student attorney in the domestic violence and immigration clinics at her law school. Hannah is a 2017 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University.


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