After the Superstorm

The profession hunkers down and gets the work done.

, The National Law Journal

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Lawyers across the Northeast scrambled as Sandy stormed ashore, causing flooding from North Carolina to New England. Courts, law schools and firms closed their doors. In New York City, with public transportation halted, bridges closed and for much of Manhattan the power was out — law offices ran on skeleton crews, their attorneys hunkered down at home or in nearby hotels.

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Originally appeared in print as Lawyers scramble to cope with Sandy

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  • Avon

    The story isn't complete without mentioning not only the lawyers who kept their own offices functioning, but also the many - including many from the New York County Laywers Association and an entire pop-up listserv at the New York State Trial Lawyers Association - who volunteered office space, court-appearance coverage, tech support, and sheer physical labor on behalf of their stranded or flooded colleagues.
    The effort began within one day, and ten days after the storm continues apace. NYSTLA's next initiative is to scale up training for lawyers who are lining up to advise the needy, pro bono. Help with recovery and compensation options, from standard insurance claims to FEMA and other resources, will be needed for a long time.

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