Born in East Rockaway, New York, attorney Marc Rovner is general counsel for Beta Abstract LLC. Marc Rover leverages his position as an attorney to provide pro bono legal services in his community. In 2012, he was awarded the Boston University School of Law Alumni Award for his pro bono work on behalf of victims of Hurricane Sandy.
In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread destruction across the Atlantic region, severely impacting communities in New York and New Jersey. FEMA and other agencies responded with crucial services. However, they were not the only professionals helping. Many attorneys volunteered their services, in key legal areas including the following:
– Employment concerns. Many people lost their livelihoods in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Attorneys helped people access employment consulting services and address issues of employment discrimination.
– Landlord and tenant disputes. Pro Bono NJ considered this area to be one of the region’s top two legal concerns following the hurricane. Some people were prohibited from entering their homes, and many landlords failed to make appropriate repairs.
– FEMA appeals and insurance claims. Pro bono volunteers helped homeowners navigate the complicated processes of filing claims and appealing rulings. Some were denied FEMA assistance, and others struggled to receive sufficient funds through their homeowners or flood insurance policies.