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Lawyers Helping Lawyers Post Hurricane Harvey

Written by Chelsea A. Mikulencak


When Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Texas and Louisiana coasts in 2017, it caused catastrophic flooding and took nearly 100 lives. Over four days, Harvey dumped more than 60 inches of rain over much of our state and displaced at least 30,000 Texans.

In response, the Texas Bar Foundation established a relief fund to provide aid to Hurricane Harvey victims in Texas. In addition to making grants to local bar associations and other volunteer legal service organizations in the affected counties, the Texas Bar Foundation awarded $100,000—its largest emergency grant to date—to the Jefferson County Bar Association/Foundation. This grant directly supported 49 struggling attorneys who lost their homes or offices (or both) and helped them return to work. The Texas Bar Foundation’s grants also helped provide pro bono legal assistance, supported Lone Star Legal Aid’s efforts to address Harvey-related housing issues, and benefited programs to protect low-wage workers engaged in post-Harvey reconstruction work.

Thankfully, the Texas Bar Foundation has not been called to action for a natural disaster recently. But when the need arises, it’s good to know the Texas Bar Foundation will be there. For more information, go to https://txbf.org/emergency-disaster-relief/.TBJ

CHELSEA A. MIKULENCAK
is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Ryan Henry in San Antonio.

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