Let's help the Victims of Katrina
Nationally, the legal community is stepping
up to assist attorneys and clients in the devastation path of Hurricane
Katrina. This is our way of giving you a place to help if you
New York Lawyers create fund to reestablish legal system after
AP (September 2, 2005) By Mark
While people around the
country are donating money to buy food, clothing and other essential
supplies for the victims of the hurricane, New York lawyers are
creating a fund to help restore legal services in the areas
devastated by the storm and provide free legal help.
The New York State Bar
Association fund being created by the New York Bar Foundation, the
association's charitable arm, will help victims in Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama pay for legal services such as filling
insurance claims, getting death certificates completed and applying
for federal aid.
Bar Association President A.
Vincent Buzard is urging the bar association's 71,000 members to
donate to groups such as the American Red Cross to meet the
immediate needs of those affected.
If you want to make a donation,
checks should be made payable to The New York Bar Foundation with
the designation "Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund"
and mailed to The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany,
New York 12207.
Thanks for your membership!
County Bar Association
109 South Warren Street, Suite 1000
Syracuse, New York 13202
Several OCBA members have volunteered to assist
victims of Hurricane Katrina. OCBA’s Executive Committee has created a
special task force headed by Kristin Greeley, Esq. of Legal Services of
CNY to coordinate these efforts with the Pro Bono Practice Committee.
Kristin has contacted Onondaga County, Syracuse University, and LeMoyne
College to inform those organizations of OCBA members' availability to
assist evacuees relocating to Onondaga County from the Gulf States with
legal counsel. Any member who is interested in volunteering their legal
services locally in this regard should contact Kristin Greeley
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or Deb O’Shea at the bar office (471-2667).
Many OCBA members and local law firms have contributed,
and are contributing, to disaster relief funds through the local Red
Cross, Salvation Army, and the New York Bar Foundation Fund described in
this Bar Bytes.
OCBA members and any local attorneys interested in
assisting attorneys in the Gulf States may contact the relocated
Louisiana State Bar Association (www.lsba.org) or
the Atlanta Bar Association (www.attorneyassist.org)
at the websites referred to in this Bar Bytes. Thank you.
Thomas E. Myers, OCBA President