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National Disaster Legal Aid Advocacy Center


On Friday, March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency to address the impact of a novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 (“the virus”) that has caused outbreaks of the coronavirus disease COVID-19 around the world, including in the United States.

Coronavirus Legal Response Calls & Listserv

On March 12, 2020, legal aid and pro bono advocates across regions in the US met over a conference call to discuss a COVID-19 legal response. The call was chaired by Tiela Chalmers, co-chair of the Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative (DLAC) in California, and CEO the Alameda County Bar Association and Legal Access Alameda, in collaboration with Pro Bono Net.

  • Advocates interested in continuing to share information, resources and strategies are welcome to join a new COVID-19 Legal Response listserv available here
  • For a brainstorming list of issues and resources identified by legal aid and pro bono advocates across regions, please click here
  • For California-specific resources, visit the statewide disaster legal services website at
  • If you are not yet a member of the Advocacy Center, please visit to submit a membership request.

The American Bar Association created a task force to address legal needs arising from coronavirus pandemic. The task force will include up to 20 representatives from top legal organizations in the United States. The group will identify legal needs arising from the pandemic, make recommendations to address those needs and help mobilize volunteer lawyers and legal professionals for people who need help. You can visit the ABA's pandemic website here