Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore has announced the formation of a task force to mobilize pro bono legal assistance for Hurricane Harvey victims, as well as providing support to Houston-area courts crippled by the storm. City Bar President John S. Kiernan and Sharon Katz, Special Counsel for Pro Bono at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, will serve as co-chairs.

With the Texas Supreme Court having issued an emergency order that temporarily allows out-of-state lawyers to provide assistance to needy clients through any legal aid or pro bono program or bar association that provides services to Hurricane Harvey victims, lawyers are needed for the full scope of legal services relating to the disaster. Among its top priorities, the Task Force will work with Texas government officials and the Texas legal community to coordinate the pro bono efforts of New York legal volunteers to best address the needs of Texans affected by the storm, who may require help with home insurance claims, FEMA benefits, mortgage matters and other pressing legal issues.

Task Force members will also focus on assisting Houston-area courts crippled by the hurricane in their disaster management efforts, as needed, offering technical assistance in critical areas including restoration of records, telecommunications and information systems.

Read the full announcement here.

Meanwhile, the City Bar has reached out to its members in Texas (as well as bar associations in the region) in an effort to connect those in need to the right resources. And for New York lawyers who want to get involved, we offer the following information:

Moving forward, please check back to this page as more information becomes available on how New York lawyers can stay involved in helping post-Harvey.