In collaboration with la Mesa de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia (Access to Justice Roundtable), the legal clinics at the University of Puerto Rico and Interamerican University Schools of Law and the Colectivo Accion Legal, as well as institutions in the U.S., we are initiating efforts to organize and train lawyers (preferably bilingual) who will be able to help with post-disaster relief legal aid assistance. Our volunteer efforts will likely develop across three stages: - Collect legal knowledge & information: We are identifying the relevant laws and regulations surrounding disaster relief and identifying collaborating organizations - Offer & participate in trainings: Once legal needs have been identified, we will share information about webinars and live training opportunities. At least initially, there are conversations to host live trainings in New York City and Puerto Rico. If you have expertise or experience in offering legal aid after a natural disaster, please let us know. - Provide direct legal assistance: The initial capacity building stages will eventually devolve into providing direct assistance to individuals, families, and communities in need in Puerto Rico. We expect to begin sharing opportunities of this sort in a few weeks after the most urgent relief efforts have been completed and communication networks reestablished. We hope to organize legal "brigades" of lawyers who can help go down and assist lawyers in Puerto Rico in filing FEMA claims, insurance claims, unemployment claims and other claims related to public benefits and assistance as needed.

Project Frequency

Ongoing

Project Time Commitment

Legal Brigades as needed

Project Location

Remote In-Person (client comes to attorney)

Area of Law

  • Bankruptcy
  • Benefits (Government
  • Veterans
  • etc.)
  • Consumer
  • Family
  • Housing

Geographic Areas

  • Remote

Project For

  • Law Student
  • Recent Law School Graduate (Not Yet Licensed)
  • Newly Licensed Attorney
  • Attorney
  • Retired Attorney

Population Served

  • General Low Income

Skills to be Developed

  • Client Advice and Counseling
  • Client Intake and Interviewing
  • Community Engagement and Education
  • Legal Research and Writing
  • Training Provided for Project Volunteers
    Yes
  • Volunteers Who Speak an Additional Language Requested for this Project
    Yes
  • Malpractice Insurance Provided for this Project
    No
  • Mentorship Provided for this Project
    No