Hurricane relief continues

first_imgRecognizing that thousands of hurricane displaced families from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are now in Florida and many are in need of emergency and long-term legal assistance, The Florida Bar Foundation is encouraging its legal assistance providers to help, according to Foundation President Bill Davis.Meeting in Tallahassee in September, the Foundation’s board authorized Foundation grantees to use 2005 and 2006 grant funds to provide emergency and long-term legal assistance to such displaced families who earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and encouraged grantees to relax or expand their client eligibility guidelines to do so.The board also authorized the Foundation’s staff to support and collaborate with IOLTA programs and other legal assistance programs in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.The Foundation legal assistance grantees are also being encouraged to consider the need for additional resources to serve the continuing legal assistance needs of victims from the 2004 hurricanes in Florida and those displaced by this year’s storms and to contact Foundation staff for possible Foundation support to help address those needs.Other legal entities in Florida also are continuing to do what they can to help, including: • Ruden McClosky donated $145,270 to the American Red Cross Hurricane 2005 Fund. Checks from the firm’s attorneys and staff were presented to representatives of the American Red Cross Broward County Chapter at the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office on September 27. “Through a matching funds program, the firm offered to match each partner’s donation dollar for dollar, and for each associate or staff member, the firm matched $4 per each dollar donated,” said David Lane, Ruden McClosky’s executive director. • Florida Coastal Law School in Jacksonville has taken in two Tulane University School of Law students and one Loyola University New Orleans School of Law student. All three students are officially visiting students, and will receive degrees from their original institutions. • Nova Southeastern University’s Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will hold a Katrina Rita Animal Relief benefit at the Interlude Bar & Cabaret at Riverwalk October 23, from 4-7 p.m. All proceeds from any drinks purchased will go to the Humane Society of America to help the animal victims of the past storms, as well as any donations made. The group also will be selling raffle tickets for lots of prizes in the atrium at NSU at various days and times to be announced. • The Palm Beach County Bar, together with the Palm Beach County Medical Society, recently helped raise more than $14,000 for hurricane victims at a cocktail reception held at E.R. Bradley’s in West Palm Beach. The money will be donated to various charities, including the American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army, and other organizations geared to assisting hospitals and law firms that have been destroyed by the storm. • Frese Hansen, Attorneys at Law in Brevard County has donated $10,000 to the Salvation Army to assist with food, water, clean-up kits, and financial aid for hurricane survivors. “It’s a disaster no American could ignore,” said partner Gary Frese. “Frese Hansen has a special relationship with the Salvation Army, so they were the avenue we chose to help the people of the Gulf Coast.” • The Jacksonville Bar has asked its members to make contributions through the bar to the American Red Cross-Hurricane Relief. They now have commitments of over $35,000.• The Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar’s Young Lawyers Section organized a September blood drive to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.• The Florida Unemployment Appeals Commission’s staff, reports Chair Alan Orantes Forst, collected about $1,500 in cash and supplies to deliver to the displaced individuals. Hurricane relief continues Hurricane relief continues October 15, 2005 Regular News Florida’s legal community lends its supportlast_img

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