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Firm donates 1,586 hours preparing disaster response best practices after Hurricane Katrina

Clients Texas Appleseed Foundation

Twenty-two Jones Day lawyers volunteered to interview over 70 first responders, city and county officials, non-profit organization members, and evacuees to prepare a report documenting the response to the largest migration of Americans since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. The Appleseed Foundation asked six law firms to conduct interviews in cities throughout the United States to prepare the report. The reports focused on Atlanta, Baton Rouge, Birmingham, Houston, New Orleans, and San Antonio, Texas. Faegre & Benson led the research effort. The other participating firms were King & Spalding, Kilpatrick Stockton; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliff; Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison; and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. Jones Day lawyers volunteered 1,586.60 hours to conduct the interviews and prepare the report about Houston, Texas.

Jones Day lawyers conducted interviews in the areas of government, including the initial response, employment, housing, health care and mental health, education, general service organizations, and legal services. In addition we interviewed a focus group of twenty-five evacuees to hear personal stories. The purpose of the report was twofold. Analyze the initial response and gather information for first responders about best practices and nine key recommendations and capture the current status of evacuees nearly one year after Hurricane Katrina.

Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that works at the local level to establish independent public law centers that identify and address issues community-by-community. Appleseed connects the top private practice lawyers to tackle difficult social problems at their root cause. See for the report and more information about the Appleseed Foundation.