New Jersey State Bar Association - The voluntary Bar Association of New Jersey, serving members since 1899.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 09/02/05
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NJSBA President Stuart A. Hoberman Calls For Support for Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief

Following is a statement from New Jersey State Bar Association President Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq. on Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

"We are all saddened by the news from Louisiana and the Gulf states about the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. As events progress, the New Jersey State Bar Association will be looking at how we can offer assistance.

We know from unfortunate experiences following 9/11, the effects that a disaster can have on the court system, the practice of law and the legal needs of victims. Accordingly, we have spoken with the president and executive director of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the executive director of the Alabama State Bar Association, and have reached out to the executive director of the Mississippi State Bar to see what kind of assistance the New Jersey State Bar Association can offer.

The restoration of legal services is essential to the functioning of civil society. We urge our members, the wider legal community and the public to give generously to any of the various relief organizations and charities that have established funds to aid those in need. For those who wish to donate directly to a legal organization, the Louisiana State Bar Association has established a fund administered by the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation.

Donations should be sent to:

Hurricane Katrina Legal Community Relief Fund

c/o Baton Rouge Bar Foundation

544 Main Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Questions on the fund should be directed to Baton Rouge Bar Association Executive Director Ann G. Scarle at 225-344-4803 or ann@brba.org.

In addition, the New Jersey State Bar Association has offered volunteer assistance to the state bar associations affected by the disaster.

New Jersey attorneys have always demonstrated great compassion and performed countless hours of pro bono service to assist the families of disaster victims. The lawyers of Louisiana and the Gulf states now need our help and I call upon you to once again do what you can to assist the public and our colleagues in their greatest hour of need."

Stuart A. Hoberman, Esq.

President, NJSBA