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Meghan Smolensky

  • Hosted by Lone Star Legal Aid
  • Sponsored by Disaster Resilience Program
  • Service location Houston, Texas
  • Law school South Texas College of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Meghan will be working with the Disaster Resilience Program to address issues caused by COVID-19. The novel coronavirus has disproportionately impacted many based on socio-economic status, race, and age. The Fellowship seeks to provide legal representation to those who have been affected by the unprecedented legal issues caused by COVID-19.

This pandemic has created a sense of fear and confusion in the world. As social justice leaders, it is important to rebuild our community through whatever assistance we can offer. Legal issues are complicated in the best of times, therefore this program will provide necessary legal assistance to those who need it the most.

Fellowship Plans

Meghan has previously worked in the area of Disaster Law and is no stranger to the plethora of cases that follow disasters. COVID-19 has brought an unimaginable spike of housing and unemployment issues.  She will use her Fellowship to represent clients in eviction hearings and provide advice to those who the CARES Act does not protect. As well, Meghan will continue to represent clients in unemployment hearings as well as any other public benefits cases.

Meghan previously served as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps.

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