Organizations providing legal services to Superstorm Sandy victims can apply for grants from a special fund created by the New York State Bar Association and The New York Bar Foundation.

The Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund will provide financial support to local bar associations and legal service providers for projects that facilitate the delivery of legal services. The grants may be used to reimburse a nonprofit organization's previous storm-related expenses or to create new initiatives to provide legal services related to the storm.

"There are many legal issues still confronting individuals and families in the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy. These include landlord-tenant issues, insurance matters and obtaining government assistance," said State Bar President Seymour W. James, Jr. (The Legal Aid Society in New York City). "These grants can help storm victims obtain the quality legal services they need to help them rebuild their lives after suffering the ravages of the storm."

"Lawyers from across the country have generously donated to help New Yorkers," said Bar Foundation President Cristine Cioffi (Cioffi•Slezak•Wildgrube). "We are so grateful for the contributions we have received."

"Victims of Superstorm Sandy are still in dire need of legal assistance," said Lucia B. Whisenand of Syracuse, who chairs The Foundation's Grants Committee. "We anticipate these needs continuing for some time and are pleased to be able to add this component to The Foundation's grantmaking process."

Applications are available at  The application deadline is March 25, 2013.

The Foundation is still accepting tax-deductible donations to the Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund. They can be sent to the New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207. Checks should be made payable to: The New York Bar Foundation, with the notation, "Superstorm Sandy Relief Fund." Donors also can contribute online by visiting, clicking "Make a Donation," and choosing this fund from the "Restricted Funds" drop-down. 

For more information about the fund, contact The New York Bar Foundation at 518-487-5650.


Contact: Deborah Auspelmyer
Foundation Administrator