The Louisiana State Bar Association Disaster Response Website will serve as a single source for information on court closings, announcements, and emergency contact information. The website also includes information on how members affected by the floods can seek assistance through the SOLACE program. Additionally, the LSBA has made a Disaster Planning Handbook, which contains practical information on emergency response, the recovery process, and how to prepare your law practice for emergencies in the future, available as an online resource.
SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concern Encouraged) is coordinated by the Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Community Action Committee. The sole purpose of the program is to allow the legal community to reach out in meaningful and compassionate ways to judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and their families who experience a sudden catastrophic loss.
All members of the LSBA are invited to participate in the program. SOLACE will send participants one to two emails per month. Anyone can opt out of emails at any time by following “unsubscribe” directions at the bottom of any email. SOLACE will not seek cash contributions, offer the opportunity for public service announcements or generate a prayer chain or list, and it will not operate as an employment recruitment service. Past recipients of SOLACE assistance have been most appreciative. In addition, volunteers working on this project have experienced a true sense of doing something for others in need.
Want to become part of the SOLACE Network and assist your legal colleagues? Email Hon. Jay C. Zainey at firstname.lastname@example.org.