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Bar prepares to provide disaster relief to members

While relief agencies and FEMA are currently addressing the basic needs of the victims of Hurricane Katrina, the Mississippi Bar Association is looking down the road to help lawyers re-open, re-establish their law offices on the Coast.
Many law offices have been completely destroyed. Others have suffered severe damage. All will need help becoming operational again. The Bar is establishing a “Law Office Resource Clearinghouse” to assist lawyers on the Coast.

Offers of assistance have poured in from Bar Associations, law firms and lawyers across the nation. While the list of resources needed is open-ended at this time, specific needs include temporary office space, used office equipment, used office furniture, etc. Needs may change in the future as communication with lawyers on the Coast becomes available. However, at this time the Bar is soliciting any resources that will assist lawyers in re-opening and operating their law offices.

If you would like to help, please e-mail Larry Houchins at houchins@msbar.org. Please include contact information and what resources you have available and are willing to donate.

Contact MBJ contributing writer Lynne W. Jeter at lwjeter@yahoo.com.


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