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​Disaster Relief: Common Issues Victims Face Post Disaster

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:45 pm

Location: Webinar. Click here to register. 
Contact Nathan Koenning to register as a group or for other assistance.

Credits: 1.75 general (pending State Bar approval)

Price: $75 (free for Legal Aid volunteers and employees of other legal nonprofits)

Description: As we enter hurricane season, this presentation will cover common legal issues arising out of disaster recovery, in order to prepare volunteers to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew as well as future disasters. The session will be divided into three 30-minute blocks. One session will be dedicated to handling insurance issues, like denials or challenging coverage amounts. The next session will cover habitability claims against landlords for failure to make repairs or to remediate mold problems arising out of hurricane damage. The final session will address identifying and correcting title problems that impede homeowners’ eligibility for loans and grants to repair disaster-related damages to their property. We have allotted 15 minutes for questions at the end of the presentation as well.  


Robert T. Trautmann is an attorney with Merlin Law Group. He received his Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall University's School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from Rutgers College in New Brunswick, N.J. Mr. Trautmann is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Mr. Trautmann brings extensive insurance experience from his prior work as an in-house attorney for an insurance company doing their trials and litigation. He is from New Jersey and vested in the community's ability to recover from Hurricane Sandy. During his employment with a large insurance carrier, Mr. Trautmann developed valuable insight as to how to effectively achieve results for his policyholder clients, including an understanding of the thought processes of insurance claims adjusters, and a strong familiarity with the New Jersey court system. 

Evan Lewis graduated from the College of William & Mary in Virginia in 1977, and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1981, Evan is an active member of the North Carolina State Bar, and an inactive member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bar.  He has also been admitted to practice before many United States District Courts, the U.S. Tax Court, the Veterans Administration, and the United States Courts of Appeal for the D.C. and Fourth Circuits.  Evan was formerly the Managing Attorney of Legal Aid of North Carolina's New Bern and Greenville offices from 1999 to 2013, and it's Community Economic Development Practice Group Manager, coordinating the work of its advocates with non-profits and community groups throughout the state.  He opened his own law practice in Washington, North Carolina in 2014.  He specializes in elder law, non-profit and small business creation and compliance, taxpayer defense, consumer protection, Social Security claims, and civil litigation.   Evan has successfully litigated or negotiated many housing, consumer, non-profit compliance, tax and civil rights cases and matters in state and federal courts and administrative agencies on behalf of individuals and groups, and has helped create, counsel and represent many tax exempt, nonprofit groups dedicated to the improvement of communities in Virginia and North Carolina.

Madlyn Morreale, JD, MPH, is Supervising Attorney of Legal Aid of North Carolina's statewide Medical-Legal Partnership program. The Medical-Legal Partnership program brings together physicians, nurses, social workers, attorneys and paralegals to address the social and environmental determinants of health, including: substandard housing conditions; domestic violence; food, income, and housing insecurity; improper denials of public benefits; and failure to provide children educational services to which they are entitled. Prior to joining the staff of Legal Aid of North Carolina, Ms. Morreale co-founded the Center for Adolescent Health & the Law, was on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, was Professional Staff for the Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. House of Representatives, and served as a consultant to several national nonprofit organizations.

Roger Cook attended Haverford College as an undergraduate and took his law degree at Duke University's School of Law.  Roger has been a staff attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina for over 20 years.  Much of his practice has focused on litigating and counseling clients facing loss of housing, loss of federal rental subsidies, or poor housing conditions.  He is currently on the staff of Legal Aid's New Hanover County office.

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