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Chief Justice Calls on Ohio Attorneys to Provide Legal Assistance to Hurricane Harvey Victims

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor is urging Ohio lawyers to consider providing pro bono assistance to Hurricane Harvey victims.

The appeal comes after the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order allowing out-of-state attorneys to practice in the state temporarily to provide legal support to victims.

“Ohio attorneys are known for their pro bono work,” said Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. “I encourage them to take a look at the program Texas has put in place in the wake of this tragedy.”

Saundra Brown, the manager of the disaster response unit at Lone Star Legal Aid, says the need for legal assistance “is going to be huge.”

Lawyers will be needed for disaster appeals with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, to help people secure temporary housing, to get money for home repairs, and to deal with insurance claims, Brown told the American Bar Association Journal.

Out-of-state lawyers can help with the FEMA appeals, which are administrative in nature, by visiting the group’s website. Additional help for legal aid and volunteer lawyers responding to disaster is at the National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center.

The ABA Young Lawyers Division is running disaster legal aid hotlines for Texas and Louisiana. The Texas number is 800.504.7030, and the Louisiana number is 800.310.7029. The division’s Harvey relief web page has information on volunteer recruitment.