♫ They pick me up when I’m feeling blue
Now how about you?
Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet Home Alabama
Lord, I’m coming home to you
Yea, yea Montgomery’s got the answer…♫
My colleague and fellow Practice Management Advisor Laura Calloway (and fellow author/editor of SlawTips), of the Alabama State Bar and the rest of the ASB have a tornado of a problem on their hands. They are trying – desperately – to help out the public and the lawyers of Alabama that have been wiped out by the tornados in their state. They have set up free public legal clinics to try to help those who have been hit so hard by the tornados and have need for further lawyers to volunteer (they have a huge backlog of cases helping those who have lost so much). At this time only Alabama lawyers can help out here.
The Alabama State Bar Association started a toll-free legal helpline: 800-354-6154. Also dispensing free advice is Legal Services: 866-456-4995.
“For everyone affected by the tornado disaster, we are offering free legal assistance statewide to those who can’t otherwise afford it,” said Alabama Bar Association Presi dent Alyce Spruell. The state bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program, the University of Alabama School of Law and the Tuscaloosa Bar Association conducted walk-in clinics in Tuscaloosa on Thursday for tornado victims.
But they are also trying to help the lawyers in Alabama that have had their offices wiped off the map by the storms. Now many of these lawyers were solos and in small firms in smaller towns. One doesn’t practice in small town Alabama for the money – these are lawyers who worked helping out their communities and the public. In many cases, they didn’t carry insurance for the loss of their offices.
The Alabama State Bar in Montgomery Alabama is looking at setting up a fund to help out these lawyers get their offices back in operation. They have received pledges from RocketMatter and Legal Workspace but of course, the need is great and they can also use much more.
So this is an appeal to the lawyers and legal community across North America to help out our brethren and see if we can make Alabama a sweet home once again. I think Montgomery has the answer…