Volunteers Needed to Provide Free Disaster Legal Assistance for Those Impacted by the March 31st Storms and Tornadoes

By Ms. Anna Hubbard posted 04-21-2023 08:20 AM



As you all know, many of our fellow Arkansans are still dealing with the damage from the severe storms and tornadoes that hit parts of Central and Eastern Arkansas on March 31st. We need volunteers to assist in free disaster legal assistance for those impacted.

In partnership with the Arkansas Bar Association, the Young Lawyers Section of the Arkansas Bar Association, Center for Arkansas Legal Services, and Legal Aid of Arkansas, we are calling on all members to provide free disaster legal assistance to individuals that were affected by the recent storms in the counties of Cross, Lonoke, and Pulaski.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Arkansas. This federal assistance is coordinated by FEMA and includes the furnishing of free legal services to low-income victims of such major disasters pursuant to 44 CFR 206.164(a) of the Robert T. Stafford Act. FEMA carries out this mandate through a partnership with the ABA, which in turn partners with various legal aid groups, disaster responders, and bar associations.

For those willing to provide free disaster legal assistance please click on the link below and fill out the form. 

Disaster Relief Volunteer Form

Attorneys will be asked to help with the following:

Assistance securing FEMA and other government benefits available to disaster victims;
Assistance with life, medical, and property insurance claims;
Help with home repair contracts and contractors;
Replacement of wills and other important legal documents lost or destroyed in the disaster;
Consumer protection to guard against price-gouging and avoiding contractor scams in the rebuilding process;
Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems; and
Counseling on landlord-tenant problems.

Those hit by the severe storms and tornadoes will call a toll-free number and a volunteer attorney will gather and divide request between those willing to respond by telephone to answer legal questions. The goal is to assist as many individuals affected by these storms as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact Jay Robbins at

Thank you,

Karen Hutchins

Karen K. Hutchins , J.D., CAE
Executive Director
Arkansas Bar Association
Little Rock AR