New ABA Website Provides Legal Aid Information for Gulf Disaster Victims
CHICAGO, June 7, 2011 – As residents and businesses along the Gulf of Mexico continue to suffer the aftereffects of last year’s Deepwater Horizon blowout and the resulting oil spill, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation is launching a website with legal resources for individuals and businesses that sustained losses and information for lawyers who want to help.
The website includes information about:
- Legal aid for low-income residents affected by the spill. Victims can contact legal aid programs in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas for assistance.
- Claims filing. The website links to FAQs about the claims process, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility Fund and the National Pollution Funds Center “Claimant’s Guide: A Compliance Guide for Submitting Claims Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.”
- Pro bono legal assistance. Visitors to the site can easily link to lawyer-referral services, including free or reduced-fee legal services.
The website was developed in cooperation with the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, which helps educate lawyers, bar associations and the justice system about how to prepare for and respond to disasters.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.