Supreme Court of Louisiana Order on Pro Bono Assistance to Hurricane Victims
On January 20, 2006, the Supreme Court of Louisiana issued an Order promulgating a supplemental emergency pro bono civil legal assistance rule to permit non-admitted lawyers to render temporary pro bono civil legal services to victims of Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.
The Order expands the legal services providers and lawyer-supervised pro bono agencies through which pro bono services may be rendered to:
Southeast Louisiana Legal Services Corporation
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
Capital Area Legal Services Corporation
Legal Services of North Louisiana, Inc.
Southwest Louisiana Legal Services Society, Inc.; and
The Pro Bono Project (New Orleans)
The rule will remain in effect for one year.
About the Disaster Relief Legal Fellowships Program
Equal Justice Works has established the Disaster Relief Legal Fellowships Program to send up to nine experienced public interest lawyers to the Gulf Coast for two years, working in the areas hardest hit by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This new Fellowships Program will place lawyers at organizations located in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Alabama in order to help the hundreds of thousands of people left without homes, jobs and social services due to the damage from the hurricanes. Equal Justice Works Disaster Relief Legal Fellowships will: provide immediate direct legal assistance for hurricane victims; promote short and long term stabilization and community rebuilding efforts; help communities and individuals solve problems related to hurricane relief; encourage the use of varied strategies to address and advocate for the legal needs of hurricane victims; ensure legal assistance reaches communities and hurricane victims who are most in need or facing special barriers to accessing services; encourage collaboration among the affected legal community, disaster relief legal services providers and Fellows; and, continually assess the impact and effectiveness of the Disaster Relief Legal Fellowships in the community. This program is part of the Equal Justice Works Hurricane Legal Assistance Initiative made possible through the support of a $1 million matching grant from the JEHT Foundation. For more information about the Disaster Relief Legal Fellowship Program, please contact email@example.com.
American Bar Association - info/resources on Katrina Relief
Avoid donation scams: Advice from NH Attorney General
NOLA Missing Persons
American Red Cross & Salvation Army Missing Persons
Connecting Friends & Families of Hurricane Katrina
Family News Network of the International Committee of the Red Cross Family Locator
CNN Safe List
Craigslist New Orleans
Hurricane Katrina: relief resources, missing people, temproary housing, temporary employment, missing pets, transportation/rideshare, volunteer, katrina discussion
Katrina Pet Help
Message boards(foster, lost, found), news, help (donate, volunteer)
Information from the U.S. Postal Service on service to affected areas