For more than 15 years, Pro Bono Net and our programs have played a key role in mobilizing and networking the legal community to assist the legal needs of disaster survivors. We develop and host resources to strengthen the work of legal advocates and volunteers engaged in disaster response efforts.
In 2008, Pro Bono Net joined with Lone Star Legal Aid, American Bar Association, the Legal Services Corporation, and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association to create DisasterLegalAid.org, which is now the leading national online resource and network dedicated to providing comprehensive and timely information on legal issues impacting communities hit by natural disasters. Since its founding, DisasterLegalAid.org’s resources and knowledge network have supported local legal response efforts for over 50 disasters.
After 2017’s unprecedented hurricanes and wildfires, Pro Bono Net partnered with Lone Star Legal Aid to launch the National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center, a new online community to support public interest legal advocates helping communities recover, rebuild and grow resilience in the wake of disasters.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Pro Bono Net and our programs played a key role in bringing together the New York legal community to assist the legal needs of survivors and to train and mobilize thousands of legal volunteers. Our LawHelpNY program led online outreach to low income and vulnerable communities about their legal rights in the recovery process. We also partnered with the City Bar Justice Center to launch FEMAAppeals.org, a LawHelp Interactive-powered interview to help survivors who cannot access or afford an attorney to appeal FEMA’s assistance determination, which has since been expanded nationally