Legal Community Swept Into Action By Sandy
Disaster Pro Bono
Sandy also spawned a number of pro bono efforts.
Dana Hrelic of Horton, Shields & Knox in Hartford was the point person for FEMA's disaster legal services program in Connecticut from 2011 to 2013. She said in an email that the CBA and the CBA's Young Lawyers Section provided volunteers to staff a hotline that handled dozens of calls about everything from fallen trees to FEMA aid applications to insurance policies.
The CBA's insurance law association also started a hotline to answer insurance questions arising from disasters. Attorneys from the section volunteered up to 30 minutes of their time.
After Sandy, one family who suffered losses from their basement flooding did not have flood insurance, but a section member advised them about FEMA grants. Another caller was a renter who evacuated her leased home; she was advised that the landlord might have an insurance policy that would cover her losses too.•