Quote of the Day - The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'
You may be wondering how to help Katrina victims, and if you're a lawyer, how to help fellow lawyers. Certainly, the Red Cross is a great place to start. The Texas Bar, the Louisiana State Bar, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Texas Supreme Court are providing help, too. But if you're looking to get directly involved, here's a possibility.
When I arrived at work this morning, I found the following email in my inbox. I called and spoke directly with Tammie Holley, and got her permission to post her email, slightly edited, here. From what I can tell, Tammie's need is real, and her email legitimate. She reports that she rode out the hurricane on the 14th floor of a condo complex, but when the levee broke, she left town for a friend's place in Lafayette. If you're looking for a way to help directly, read on:
"I am Tammie Holley, a downtown New Orleans attorney desperately trying to establish a Lafayette, LA office as quickly as possible. I need a web site named something like Tammie Holley, LLC or the like. I need to market in the Lafayette area, in any medium; I use radio in New Orleans and record my own ads. I have very little start-up capital, so unless you can donate 30 -60 days of service to my firm, please disregard this request.
I am networking with the Woman's Caucus of ATLA, and they will be shipping me supplies that I will distribute to ANY displaced attorney in need in conjunction with the Lafayette Bar Assn. and/or the LSBA [Louisiana State Bar Association]. Any donated laptops and/or PCs will be distributed accordingly, and you will receive notice of who received the equipment.
I need a storage facility, or warehouse space with an address for distribution. If this space is not donated by close of business on Thursday the 15th, I will rent the space myself Friday morning and forward you that address.
I am still looking for small donated office space in Lafayette, as we (three) are operating from our homes, coffee shops, and lap tops at present. We could use any software that you can send, and any excess will be distributed to those in need. My temporary home address is 162 Knollwood Drive, Lafayette, LA 70506, and my cell below still works. My P.O. Box is 4400 Ambassador Caffery Parkway, Suite "A", Box 339, Lafayette, LA 70508. You may mail ANYTHING you like to either address as time is of the essence. I will transport everything to our warehouse once established. Thank you all so much for caring, and God bless.
Tammie Holley, Esq, RN
La. Bar No. 26659
344 Saint Joseph Street #413
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Please communicate with Tammie at her temporary Lafayette address. She doesn't have the economic ability to get back to New Orleans for the next three to six months.