The RCBA has been working with the NYSBA to offer attorneys and law students the opportunity to effectively assist fellow Staten Islanders and New Yorkers in filing FEMA applications and insurance claims. This is a citywide effort with law schools offering to provide support through their law clinics. The NYSBA, as stated below, is organizing a CLE to train volunteer attorneys and law students in post disaster representation. Attached is the pro bono application from the NYSBA. The NYSBA stated:
The Association, in conjunction with, local legal services providers, local bar associations, Touro Law School, Empire Justice Center and representatives from relevant state and federal agencies, is planning a continuing legal education program to prepare volunteer attorneys and law students for some of the legal issues that may arise in the weeks and months following Hurricane Sandy. The program will be held on Thursday, November 15th, from 4 to 7 p.m. and will be webcast from the State Bar Center and Touro Law School. The program will be free, webcast and archived for use by other bar groups to train and recruit volunteers.
The program will be divided into two long segments, allowing time for questions and answers. The first hour-long segment will consist of a Governmental Representatives Panel (FEMA; American Red Cross; NYS Division of Financial Services (formerly the NYS Insurance Fund); IRS; SBA; the Coast Guard; and Disaster Legal Services) will discuss the services they offer and how to access same.
The second hour-long panel will be comprised of attorneys who have had experience representing clients during disaster situations. This panel will cover the following legal issues: landlord tenant issues and related real property law issues, including leases; section 8 issues; and condos; insurance claim issues that affect renters, homeowners, flood victims; and lastly general client crisis issues in the areas of foreclosure, unemployment insurance, debtor/creditor issues, banking issues; loss of documents and records; educational issues; family law issues; and benefits.
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THOMAS A. SIPP
P.S. The RCBA will provide the web address (URL information) immediately upon receipt from the NYSBA