3-Hour Program

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Why You Should Attend

With climate change continuing to impact communities all over the country, what should lawyers know about recent developments in this field? This program will explore trending topics in climate disaster response and offer attendees an update on legal service and pro bono efforts after recent events impacting Florida and Puerto Rico.

This program is a joint effort of Pro Bono Net, Lone Star Legal Aid, and Equal Justice Works, and an extension of “Climate Disaster Recovery and Community Resilience: The Role of Legal Professionals” a comprehensive overview of the legal landscape after a disaster.

What You Will Learn

After completing this program, participants will be able to:

  • Distinguish between ESG and corporate social responsibility models
  • Identify key components of ESG practices and how they are affecting people who live in areas of climate change risk 
  • Evaluate the programs that law firms and companies are implementing as part of their ESG frameworks 
  • Understand the devastating impacts of heat events across housing, employment, transportation, healthcare, public policy and beyond and why they should be classified as major disasters 
  • Take steps towards advocating for policy change around heat events 
  • Begin generating resilience in their communities through preparedness, outreach, and educational initiatives
  • Understand generally FEMA’s updates regarding proof of home occupancy and ownership to its IAPPG
  • Recognize issues with how the recent IAPPG updates are being implemented in Florida and Puerto Rico
  • Learn best practices and tips on how to advocate on behalf of survivors facing these same issues in future disasters

Who Should Attend

This program will benefit: 

  • Attorneys, volunteers, and advocates from nonprofit legal service organizations
  • Leaders and staff from national and state bar associations
  • Court-based self-help staff 
  • Pro bono coordinators from law firms and corporations
  • Law school students and faculty
  • Allied nonprofits working on disaster legal response efforts 
  • Advocates interested in learning about the legal needs arising from climate disasters

Program Level: Overview

Prerequisites: An interest in assisting disaster survivors and staying up to date on disaster legal response efforts.

Advanced Preparation: None

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