2017 Hurricane and Disaster Relief Efforts
Updated on October 11, 2017
**Message from NoBL.** Due to a series of catastrophic events, from hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico to the most recent horror, the mass shooting in Nevada, our country is in crisis. The Network of Bar Leaders supports its member organizations in their efforts to provide aid. We offer our prayers and our resources, as individuals in both our personal and professional capacities. We encourage all our members to participate, because it is through participation that those without a voice, or those who cannot be heard, are listened to. The challenge is not only to be heard, but to be united in listening to one another, to work towards common ground, and to serve the greater good – these are the values we cherish, and as members of Network, I truly believe that as one, we can and do, shape the world around us. Please let us know what you and/or your organization is doing to help – we will share it with the hope that your individual acts of kindness spread, and provide our fellow members with incentive to participate as well. Thank you all in advance.
— Sincerely, Hilary Gingold, President of the Network of Bar Leaders
October 26, 2017 Hurricane Maria Fundraiser (with Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, Puerto Rican Bar Association, Hispanic National Bar Association – Region II, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, Latino Lawyers’ Association of Queens County, and Dominican Bar Association). See here.
Legal Aid Hotline for Hurricane Survivors – A disaster legal aid hotline is now available for hurricane survivors in Puerto Rico who cannot pay for an attorney: 1-800-310-7029. The hotline operates through a partnership between the Legal Services Corporation of Puerto Rico, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC). See here.
Ways to Help Hurricane Victims (from the PRBA) – The Puerto Rican Bar Association lists ways to help victims of Hurricane Maria and Irma on its website. See also ways to assist the Puerto Rico Legal Corps here. See information about Puerto Rico donation drives here.
Federal Bar Association’s Post-Harvey Resource Page. The FBA maintains a resource page pertaining to resources for providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. This includes information about gift card drives, volunteer activities, supporting lawyers in the affecting areas through the SOLACE program, etc. See the page here.
NoBL Attends the Bronx Bar Association’s 115th Annual Installation Dinner – October 4, 2017
NoBL Attends the Dominican Bar Association’s Annual Gala – September 19, 2017
The Dominican Bar Association’s Gala held on September 19, 2017, at Battery Gardens in Battery Park, New York was a wonderful evening! Congratulations to their scholarship and award recipients. Dominican Bar President Vianny M. Prichardo and her fellow Board members did an amazing job – the event was certainly a highlight for the fall! Happy to see representation from bench and bar – Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, Administrative Judge, New York County George J. Silver, Administrative Judge, Criminal Division – Queens County, Judge Joseph A. Zayas, Appellate Term, First Department – Bronx Supreme Court Judge Lizbeth Gonzales, just to name a few that were present that evening. Always great to see Betty Lugo, Carmen Pacheco, Immediate Past and Current Presidents of the Puerto Rican Bar Association, Frank Torres, Immediate Past President of the Long Island Hispanic Bar Association, and Paula Edgar, President of the Metropolitan Black Bar Association!
—- Sincerely, Hilary Gingold, President of the Network of Bar Leaders
The Network of Bar Leaders Hosts Its Annual Induction Ceremony and Reception – September 12, 2017
Congratulations to Hilary Gingold, NoBL’s 2017-2018 President, and the balance of the Network of Bar Leaders’ Officers and Executive Council members for the new term. See the list of the NoBL’s Officers and Executive Council members here. A warm thanks to to everyone who attended, and to the incoming officers (Hilary Gingold, Yacine Barry-Wun, Meredith R. Miller, Michael Kohan, Edwina F. Martin, and Bridgette Y. Ahn), the Puerto Rican Bar Association, and the Dominican Bar Association who helped plan the event, and who contribute so much to NoBL. We were delighted to host the beautiful event at the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.
The Honorable George B. Daniels, United States District Court Judge of the District Court of the Southern District of New York, gave opening remarks, and the Honorable Rolando T. Acosta, Presiding Justice of the Appellate Division, First Department, swore in the Officers and Executive Council members. Presiding Justice Acosta was introduced by Betty Lugo, the Immediate Past President of the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Ms. Hilary Gingold gave an inspirational speech about the exciting events planned for the upcoming term, which will include ample opportunities for the NoBL’s members to network amongst themselves. A special thanks to Diana Sen, NoBL’s Immediate Past President, for her service in the previous term. Ms. Sen will continue her service to NoBL, as a new member of NoBL’s Executive Council.