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Why You Should Attend
In the aftermath of the October NorCal wildfires, survivors face a wide variety of legal problems and barriers to recovery. This training will enable attorneys to help serve as “legal first responders,” participating in a regionally coordinated disaster legal services pro bono effort sponsored by the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative (Alameda County Bar Association and the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation; Bar Association of San Francisco, San Francisco-Marin Lawyer Referral Services, Justice & Diversity Center; Bay Area Legal Aid; Legal Aid Association of California; Pro Bono Net; and the State Bar of California). The types of pro bono assistance needed to help wildfire survivors include brief phone assistance, in person assistance at know-your-rights workshops, community forums and legal aid clinics (general or subject-specific), and legal representation (limited and full scope).
What You Will Learn
• Framework for providing post-disaster legal services and pro bono opportunities
• Insurance issues
• Employment rights
• Mobile home occupant rights
• Housing issues faced by tenants and landlords
• Foreclosure information for homeowners
• Consumer fraud and protections
• FEMA appeals, recoupment and other issues
• Immigrant eligibility
• Government benefits for current recipients or new applicants
Who Should Attend
Nonprofit organization attorneys and advocates, pro bono attorneys from all practice settings, law firm pro bono coordinators, or anyone who wants to learn how to assist low-income disaster survivors with legal issues.