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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 Houston
  • Issue area Disaster Response and Preparedness
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Disaster Resilience Program

The Project

Meghan worked with the Disaster Resilience Program to address issues caused by COVID-19. The novel coronavirus disproportionately impacted many based on socio-economic status, race, and age. This Fellowship provided legal representation to those who were 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 provided necessary legal assistance to those who needed it the most.

Fellowship Plans

Meghan 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 used her Fellowship to represent clients in eviction hearings and provide advice to those who the CARES Act does not protect. As well, Meghan continued 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.

Media

Meet the 2021 Class of Disaster Resilience Program Student Fellows

Equal Justice Works Raises Visibility of Role of Legal Aid in Disaster Response and Preparedness

Disaster Legal Aid Trainings: Title Clearing & Property Protection During a Disaster

Equal Justice Works Fellows to Host Disaster Legal Aid Trainings

Renters' rights and aid for repairs from burst pipes

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