ABA and Paladin Launch Pro Bono Portal for Those Hit by Virus
The American Bar Association’s Disaster Legal Services Program and justice tech company Paladin have launched an online portal enabling lawyers to find pro bono opportunities to help people affected by COVID-19 and other natural disasters.
“The COVID-19 public health crisis has made the need for a nationwide Disaster Legal Services pro bono portal more apparent than ever. Streamlining our volunteer recruitment and referral process means connecting those in need following a disaster to volunteer attorneys as quickly as possible,” said ABA President Judy Perry Martinez in a statement Thursday.
Paladin aims to increase pro bono engagement for private sector attorneys via software. The portal isn’t limited to helping those suffering because of the virus, and lawyers can sign up to help survivors of the Tennessee tornado and Puerto Rican earthquake, among other calamities, said Paladin co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Felicity Conrad.