Texas Lawyers Step Up to Assist Victims of Wildfires
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There is no shortage of media insinuations that lawyers are a greedy bunch, but the public too rarely hears about all the good that lawyers do. So kudos to the Austin Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid and a number of other lawyer organizations that have leapt into action to assist the huge number of people who have been victims of the rampant wildfires across Texas.
The Austin Bar Association has already set up legal clinics at six locations in Bastrop County, site of the largest and most damaging fires, where volunteer attorneys will provide free legal advice to fire victims daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Austin Bar is also soliciting donations for victims and locating office space for displaced attorneys. For clinic locations or to volunteer, go the Austin Bar Association Web Site at www.austinbar.org.
The State Bar of Texas and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid have set up hotlines to answer legal questions related to the disaster. The State Bar's hotline is 1-800-504-7030, and Texas RioGrande can be reached at 1-866-757-1570. The State Bar of Texas also has an excellent listing of disaster relief resources located here.
This is not a one-time effort, either. These organizations all have a history of springing into action after natural disasters, particularly Hurricanes Ike and Katrina, where both citizens and displaced attorneys were the recipients of considerable assistance at the hands of volunteer attorneys and bar oganizations in Texas. But you probably didn't hear about that, either.
Posted: 9/8/2011 2:20:03 PM by
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