Zachary Tusinger

The Project

Zachary identified people affected by the May 22, 2011 tornado that struck Joplin and ensured that all members of the Joplin Community receive adequate legal help as they address the many challenges they face as they seek to rebuild their lives. Zachary helped families who have been victimized by unscrupulous landlords following the tornado and prepared the community for disaster by having their legal affairs in order. In addition, he worked with other community organizations to ensure that his community was prepared for the next time a disaster strikes.

Legal issues can arise anytime, and through no fault of one's own, anyone can be affected by them. Everyone deserves somebody to be there to help out in their time of need.

Zachary Tusinger /
Equal Justice Works Fellow

The Project

Jamie provided direct legal services to low-income and elderly people affected by the devastating tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri in May 2011. The legal problems experienced by these clients were wide-ranging, and included landlord/tenant disputes, foreclosure and other mortgage-related problems, deed disputes, consumer debt, domestic violence and guardianship actions. Because so much of the community was affected, the project emphasized “know your rights” seminars and other community outreach. The project also increased awareness of volunteer opportunities by recruiting pro bono attorneys, law students, and paralegals.

I believe your financial resources should never dictate your access to the legal system.

Jamie Rodriguez /
Equal Justice Works Fellow