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Joyce Helfman

  • Hosted by Houston Volunteer Lawyers
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school Boston University School of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Joyce Helfman is an Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). Joyce has personal experience surviving through a disaster, as she lived in a neighborhood that was hit hard by flooding, and her family had to be rescued by boat. As such, she understands all too well the emotional toll that survival through a disaster and its aftermath can take on a family and community. Joyce has returned to legal practice after serving as an eighth grade language arts teacher in Houston for nearly 15 years. She also has over 15 years of experience as a legal aid attorney at Central Jersey Legal Services Corporation, where she represented low-income clients in a range of matters; supervised and trained new attorneys; and worked with advocacy coalitions. Joyce is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and Barnard College, Columbia University.

Joyce’s project focuses on addressing the myriad of legal needs of low-income communities affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath by engaging, training, and mentoring pro bono attorneys to represent disaster-affected individuals and households. Under Joyce’s mentorship, pro bono attorneys provide legal assistance with issues related to housing, insurance, and income maintenance.

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