This training will prepare pro bono attorneys to handle FEMA Appeals for victims of the devastating 2017 Hurricane Season who seek assistance in New York. The City Bar Justice Center will be coordinating FEMA Appeals Clinics this winter, assuming sufficient demand from clients. We will reach out to members with those volunteer opportunities as the appointments are scheduled. Providing pro bono legal assistance after disasters is a marathon, not a sprint, so please stay tuned.
On November 20, 2017, experts, including representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), provided a basic training on how to file FEMA appeals on behalf of residents impacted by recent hurricanes. Millions of Americans have seen their homes damaged or destroyed from hurricanes and other natural disasters this Fall. New York’s Chief Judge, Janet DiFiore, has called on New York’s lawyers to provide volunteer assistance in helping to address this tremendous humanitarian crisis. Working with disaster relief organizations, the co-sponsors of this event – the City Bar, the Chief Judge’s Task Force on Disaster Relief, and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel – have identified an important category of work that can be performed by volunteers who are not admitted to the local bar: assistance to homeowners who have been denied FEMA benefits or who are disputing the amount awarded by appealing those decisions.
View the course materials from this program here.