Disasters like Harvey and Irma show how lawyers’ stodgy rules kick Americans when they’re down

If American lawyers really want to help people who are hurting, they should start by fixing their own rules.

Op-Ed (Florida, NATIONAL, Texas)

Gillian Hadfield
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 12, 2017

Tags: Disaster Recovery


Aware of the legal crisis Harvey has left in its wake, lawyers in Texas have joined the ranks of first responders. Legal aid services have set up booths in shelters to provide information and advice. Attorneys across the country will also be able to help. Under ordinary circumstances, they wouldn’t be allowed to: Like every other state, Texas has a rule that only in-state lawyers can provide legal services to Texans. But after Harvey, the Texas Supreme Court issued an emergency order to temporarily allow out-of-state lawyers to provide pro bono assistance to hurricane survivors.