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SJC Announcement: Pro Bono Legal Assistance for Hurricane Survivors

Tuesday, September 12, 2017  
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The Maine Supreme Judicial Court, in order to augment the provision of legal
assistance to those in need as a result of the devastation caused by recent
hurricanes, hereby announces that attorneys licensed to practice in Maine who
provide pro bono services under the auspices of programs approved by the
Supreme Court of any other state may apply any time spent toward Katahdin
Counsel status. Further information can be obtained here
Recently, the Texas Supreme Court, in the wake of the extensive damage and
devastation wreaked by hurricane Harvey in Texas, issued an emergency order
allowing qualified attorneys in other states to render pro bono services to Texas
hurricane victims. The Texas Emergency Order can be obtained here
The organizers of the Texas FreeLegalAnswers web page have worked with
the State Bar of Texas to assist attorneys from other states in responding to storm
victims' legal questions via the FreeLegalAnswers web page. Information from the
ABA can be found here.
In addition, the American Bar Association has created a web page listing
opportunities and resources for attorneys who wish to provide pro bono services to
storm victims here.
The time frame for hours qualifying for the 2017 Katahdin Counsel
Award is hereby extended through December 31, 2017, and the reporting
deadline for Katahdin Counsel hours is extended to January 31, 2018.
Dated: September 11, 2017
/s/ Leigh I. Saufley
Chief Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court

Maine Bar Association 124 State St. Augusta, ME 04330