The American Bar Association is emphasizing disaster preparedness for lawyers as it gears up for its annual meeting in Toronto next week.
“Over a year ago, I identified disaster response and preparedness as an important theme for my year as ABA president,” says president Stephen Zack. “Then the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan struck, followed by the devastating tornados in Tuscaloosa and Joplin, and the record-breaking Mississippi River flooding and Arizona forest fires.”
The ABA is offering up Christine Crilley as an example of a lawyer whose practice has felt the effects of natural disaster. Floods in Iowa in 2008 destroyed her office’s computers, case files, calendars, and financial and billing records. But closer to home, lawyers in Alberta also suffered during the recent forest fire in Slave Lake. As Canadian Lawyer reported this month, the fires affected the offices of at least two lawyers there, while other members of the bar had damage to their homes.