In the aftermath of Sandy, the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has mobilized a “Storm Response Unit” to provide disaster relief for storm victims who now face an array of urgent legal issues. Since launching our program last Friday, we have been inundated with hundreds of requests for assistance. In order to handle this huge volume we are turning to our pro bono partners for help.

Together with, NYLAG will host a training for pro bono attorneys and other interested volunteers via a live webinar on Friday, November 9th from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm.

The 90-minute training will cover the basics of storm-related legal issues, including:

  • An overview of FEMA and other disaster relief programs, including types of available assistance and how to apply
  • Housing issues, including landlord-tenant disputes, insurance claims and mortgage issues
  • Accessing new and continuation benefits, including food stamps, public assistance and unemployment benefits
  • Family law, consumer law and other general issues likely to be faced by storm victims

We will also discuss how to volunteer with NYLAG’s Storm Response Unit. Pro bono opportunities will include providing assistance alongside NYLAG staff at partner organizations throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Long Island and Westchester, as well as onboard NYLAG’s innovative Mobile Legal Help Center, which is traveling into the hardest hit areas.

To register for the webinar, visit:
Once you complete and submit the registration form, you will receive a confirmation that includes details on how to access the training. Materials will also be made available online after the training.

CLE information: NYLAG is not offering CLE credit for the training, but New York attorneys may receive CLE credit from NYLAG for their time spent volunteering (1 credit for every 2 hours of service, up to 10 credits per biennial cycle).

For more information about our program and volunteer opportunities, please visit