MBA preparing aid for hurricane recovery efforts

Thursday, Sep. 14, 2017
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At the Massachusetts Bar Association's opening reception on Sept. 13, MBA President Christopher P. Sullivan announced that the MBA was preparing to join relief efforts aimed at helping people in Texas, Florida and U.S. territories in the Caribbean recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.

"The Massachusetts Bar Association is not going to sit idly by," said Sullivan. "We have decided that we are going to make significant financial contributions to the Texas Bar Foundation and to the Florida Bar Foundation to assist in the hurricane relief efforts. We are also in the process of putting together a blood drive and a future fundraising event, with all the proceeds going to the hurricane victims in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida and Texas."

Information on the planned fundraiser and blood drive will be announced once details become available. In the meantime, Sullivan added that the MBA has partnered with the American Bar Association and other bar associations to promote volunteer opportunities for Massachusetts attorneys to do pro bono work in those areas.

The ABA has modified its ABA Free Legal Answers system in Texas to permit out-of-state attorneys to volunteer to answer Harvey related questions.

Lawyers are also encouraged to sign up for SOLACE, an email based network of legal professionals who are interested in helping other members of the legal "family," including lawyers, paralegals, legal assistants and legal staff, court personnel, and anyone who works in the legal profession.

In addition to the MBA-affiliated efforts, lawyers looking to help are encouraged to visit these other sites for information on hurricane-relief resources: