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Equal Justice Works Seeks to Mobilize Lawyers to Aid Legal Services Organizations in Communities Affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael

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Equal Justice Works, the nation’s largest facilitator of opportunities in public interest law, today announced that it is launching a $1 million campaign to raise funds to mobilize a corps of full-time lawyers to build capacity at legal services organizations in areas affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

When disasters strike, legal aid is often overlooked as a critical component of recovery efforts, and the results are terrible for the communities most in need of help. From navigating FEMA benefits, to protecting against unscrupulous contractors, to establishing home titles and deeds, a multitude of legal issues can very quickly emerge following a disaster.

“In the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters, there is a pressing need for lawyers as individuals are left on their own to deal with a host of legal issues,” said Sara Morello, executive vice president of Equal Justice Works. “We are committed to building capacity at legal services organizations in affected communities to help meet the demand for legal aid in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”

Equal Justice Works will provide Fellowships to place additional full-time lawyers at legal services organizations for a two-year term where these Fellows will provide disaster relief and recovery legal services to help residents to stabilize and rebuild their lives. Fellows will receive substantive and skills-based training from Equal Justice Works and disaster recovery legal services experts.

Since 2005, Equal Justice Works has mobilized over 60 disaster-recovery legal services Fellows to provide critical legal assistance to communities affected by disasters, including Hurricanes Sandy, Ike, Katrina, and Rita; flooding in the Gulf Coast; tornadoes in Missouri and Oklahoma; and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Earlier this year, Equal Justice Works created the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps, a two-year Fellowship program that is supporting recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

To support this effort by Equal Justice Works to serve those affected by these storms, please consider making a gift today. For more information about the campaign, please contact Patricia Reilly, director of philanthropy, at preilly@equaljusticeworks.org.

In the aftermath of hurricanes and other natural disasters, there is a pressing need for lawyers as individuals are left on their own to deal with a host of legal issues. We are committed to building capacity at legal services organizations in affected communities to help meet the demand for legal aid in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

Sara Morello /
Executive Vice President, Equal Justice Works

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