ISBA Disaster Assistance Task Force Established

From the Iowa State Bar Association:

ISBA President Dan Moore has established a task force to assist the law firms and attorneys who have been displaced by the tornadoes and floods this spring.

An estimated 40 firms and 250 attorneys have had to seek alternate arrangements in Linn County alone. Other areas of eastern Iowa also have been affected by the flooding.

Made up of a cross section of members, the task force has already set up a special section on the ISBA website (see here) where attorneys in the state can submit information about displaced attorneys, search for contact information about those displaced and offer help in the form of office supplies, office furniture, computers, office space, etc. One of the most pressing needs right now is for conference rooms for meetings and depositions.

The task force has also set up a Legal Community Relief Fund to receive monetary contributions. The fund is administered by The Iowa State Bar Association. Contributions should be made to the Iowa State Bar Foundation, a 501C3 corporation.

Forms for making donations of materials or money can be accessed here.

In addition to serving as a clearing house for those needing assistance and those wishing to provide assistance, the website lists a host of resources for displaced attorneys. Among those resources are temporary e-mail and fax solutions, and the ISBA-endorsed offsite backup system for electronic files. Other resources center primarily on publications that contain information on such topics as salvaging wet books and files, rebuilding the practice and disaster recovery.

Additional items will be added to the website as the need arises and as they become available.