Several state, local, and national bar associations; disaster legal services providers; and the city of McAllen are coming together to educate lawyers and the general public in the McAllen area on FEMA appeals processes and disaster legal services in general.

The free seminar, “Disaster Legal Services and FEMA Appeals CLE,” will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. August 24 at the McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. Attorneys will receive 2.5 hours of CLE credit (including .5 hours of ethics) and training on how to handle a FEMA appeals case.

The primary goal of the event is to educate lawyers and better prepare them to assist the residents of Cameron, Hidalgo, and Jim Wells counties who are struggling to recover from devastating floods that occurred in late June. The event is open to the public for educational purposes, but the lawyers in attendance will not be able to answer specific legal questions or provide legal advice.

Click here to RSVP to attend. For a look at the full program, including topics and speakers, click here.

The event is hosted by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, Hidalgo County Bar Association, Hidalgo County Young Lawyers Association, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, and the city of McAllen.

The federal disaster declaration for Cameron, Hidalgo, and Jim Wells counties due to flooding that occurred June 19 through July 13 makes federal funding available to affected individuals in those counties. The assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover. Lawyers and legal aid services are often needed to assist individuals with the application process as well as handling appeals after a denial.