Our hearts go out to the people up and down the Eastern Seaboard and beyond who are affected by Hurricane Sandy. Coastal cities have been devastated and the death toll will likely continue to rise. There are many—both consumers and fellow trial lawyers—who may need assistance in the days and weeks ahead. I'd like those who are able, to help where and when we can.
The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is coordinating with the National Association of Trial Lawyer Executives (NATLE) and individual state associations to bring you information about trial lawyers whose offices may have been damaged or destroyed in the storm. If you are in (or close to) an affected state and have office space you can share, or, if you can donate some of your staff time to assist with emergency tasks or to take calls, please notify your state association and AAJ.
Right now, you can make donations through the Red Cross. As we hear from lawyers and state associations we can share information about more specific areas of need and places to donate. If you know of any unmet needs that we should address please let us know. You can find additional links to organizations, including legal services information here.
As we did after Hurricane Katrina, AAJ Education is preparing a webinar—free for AAJ members — on handling insurance-related cases. We are working on scheduling it now. The most up-to-date education information is always on the AAJ homepage.
AAJ will post updates on our internal list servers about how to help. You will also be able to access updates via the AAJ homepage Disaster Help banner and the AAJ facebook page. This will be an evolving plan of action.
Thank you for staying tuned and helping!As the world's largest trial bar, the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America) works to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. Learn more at www.justice.org.