Pro Bono Storm Help Center "TLC-HEART" Open for Business
Touro Law Center, together with partners the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Disaster Relief Law Center "You.Me.We." and the Student Disaster Relief Network, has launched the Touro Law Center – Hurricane Emergency Assistance and Referral Team (TLC-HEART). The center provides referrals, assistance and legal advice for local residents and small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Residents can call the center at (631) 761-7198 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive assistance from disaster relief-trained students and volunteer attorneys who will match resident concerns with referrals to federal, state and local government agencies and private groups offering storm-related assistance. The telephone hotline will be answered live Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm and on Friday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Voicemail messages can be left 24/7.
Help is available on a wide-range of legal and non-legal issues. Residents have been calling with a wide range of storm-related problems, including landlord-tenant problems, insurance issues, and employment law inquiries, as well as questions about the location of shelters, food pantries and clothing donations.
Please click here to view the most up-to-date Insurance Checklist information.
FLOODING VICTIMS INFORMATION
View the Flooding Victims Information FAQ’s PDF here
ATTORNEYS INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING
As time goes on, additional volunteers may be needed to assist with:
• Staffing the Hotline – answering non-legal questions, making referrals to community resources, and answering simple legal questions.
• Serving as a Legal Resource. The Law Center is compiling a list of attorneys who are willing to assist callers referred by the hotline at no charge. To be eligible to participate in the TLC Heart Pro Bono referral list, attorneys will need to carry malpractice insurance. If you are interested in participating e-mail email@example.com
and a form will be sent to you shortly.
The Law Center has received an overwhelming response of clothing and food donations – if you know of anyone affected by the storm, please come by the Law Center to pick up items needed.
• On Thursday, November 15th from 4 to 7 p.m., Touro Law Center will be co-sponsoring a webinar on disaster law with the New York State Bar Association. The webinar is free and no RSVP is required. Additional information about the webinar will be provided shortly.
VIEW THE PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING TLC-HEART HERE