Disaster Relief Clinic
The Pepperdine Caruso School of Law has established a strong framework for disaster recovery related legal services since beginning disaster recovery work in 2017. Its work includes but is not limited to legal assistance for victims of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Woolsey, Bobcat, and Lake fires and other disasters.
The Disaster Relief Clinic seeks to close the justice gap for those affected by disasters by providing a swift and continuing response to disasters as legal needs transition from the immediate need for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and insurance to transitioning to recovery and rebuilding. This broad array of matters include FEMA assistance, including advocacy regarding additional individual assistance (IA) benefits; employment law, including pandemic unemployment assistance, sick leave, unemployment, and Family and Medical Leave Act; housing law, including moratorium, nonpayment of rent, default evictions, and harassment by landlords; and small business law, including employment, insurance, and small business loans.
Students gain hands-on experience in the transitioning legal needs of clients recovering from disasters in matters navigating bureaucratic and administrative processes, insurance, government permits and benefits, and rebuilding. This work will include advice and counsel, evaluation and analysis, negotiation and advocacy, research and writing, and guidance on legal matters as they arise and evolve during the course of recovery and rebuilding.
Overview of Federal Disaster Assistance
Individual Assistance Handbook
25 Pro Tips for Working with FEMA
National Disaster Legal Aid Resource Center Quick Reference Guide
FEMA Disaster Assistance
Disaster Relief Helping Handbooks
A Homeowner's Insurance Policy Guide for California Fire Survivors
California's Statewide Wildfire Recovery Resources
United Policyholders: Woolsey Fire - Insurance Claim Help
United Policyholders: Claim Guidance Library
United Policyholders: Contents Claim Help
Insurance Commissioner: Important California Laws that Pertain to Property Insurance Policies after a Declared Disaster
Insurance Commissioner: Expedited Claim Handling Billing Grace Period Procedures for California Wildfires
Insurance Commissioner: Declaration of Emergency Situation
Business Physical Disaster Loans
Economic Injury Disaster Loans
California Disaster Unemployment Assistance:
Public Benefits Disaster Relief
For further information about the Disaster Relief Clinic, please contact Professors Sophia Hamilton and David DeJute.