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The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has moved its operations temporarily to Houston. It re-opened September 21, 2005, for the most urgent business but has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Eastern District of Louisiana is closed, but is receiving filings. Current plans are to divide the court operations among Baton Rouge, Lafayette, and Houma, Louisiana. The court has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Middle District of Louisiana has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005.
The Southern District of Mississippi is operational in Jackson and Hattiesburg.
The Southern District of Texas has suspended operations effective September 23, 2005, in Houston and Galveston.
The United States Post Office is continuing to hold mail distribution for those areas that are still undeliverable. The Postal Service acknowledges that there are massive amounts of mail being held at locations outside the affected area and that they will resume their deliveries to those areas as quickly as humanly possible. Anyone from the affected areas that has put in a change of address request is getting mail forwarded.
The USPS is working with publishers of periodicals and standard mail mailers to make sure mail is processed and forwarded to persons who have a change of address form in the USPS system. The Postal Service has informed us that all updates are listed daily on www.ribbs.usps.gov and/or www.usps.com. There is also a map on this web site to show zip codes that are still affected and have no delivery.
U.S. Mail (Rita): The Postal Service has started to suspend mail service to numerous zip code areas in Texas. The affected areas are also listed on the Postal Service website www.usps.com.
As Hurricane Rita approaches the Gulf Coast, and as forecasters predict what damage it could bring to residents and businesses in Texas and Louisiana, LexisNexis is ready to enact a disaster recovery action plan for its legal industry customers in the affected regions. While we are all hoping for a minimal impact on the region, LexisNexis is preparing to provide thorough business recovery and continuance services in the case of a severe hit.
Much as we have done -- and continue to do -- for those affected by Hurrican Katrina, LexisNexis is prepared to assist Gulf Coast law firms, legal practitioners and legal researchers in the steps to be taken in order to rebuild their businesses. Details on interim locations and how LexisNexis will be assisting affected businesses will be released as they become available.
LexisNexis is in the business of helping law frims successfully operate their practices -- the efforts put forth in this time of need are no different. Our best thoughts go out to the people of the Gulf Coast as they prepare for Hurricane Rita, and we will continue to provide whatever support is needed to these businesses as they return to work.
The Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations is offering free document delivery services for United Nations documents and publications to libraries and library communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Libraries with collections damaged by Hurricane Katrina may find the following FREE disaster recovery workshop of interest:
The National Park services and Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) are partnering to provide a free half-day workshop on Wet Collection Salvage. It will be lecture and handouts. It will be focused on decision-making and resources. This workshop focuses on the initial response to a wet disaster and will cover safety issues, information sources, mold outbreak response, recovery materials and techniques, and salvage techniques for water-damaged collections.
Date, Time, and Location:
Wednesday September 28, 2005
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Room 123, Joseph Cook Library
124 Golden Eagle Drive
The University of Southern Mississippi
The workshop is free. Registration in advance is not necessary, but is preferred. You may do so by contacting the Administrative Office of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries at 601.266.4242 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org. Onsite registration begins at 9:30 AM. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM, with an hour break for lunch.
To receive your parking pass for the day, please stop by the Information Booth at the front entrance of the USM campus off Hardy Street. Please inform the attendant that you will be attending the Disaster Recovery Workshop at Cook Library. Vehicles without parking passes will be ticketed.
To Thomson West customers affected by Hurricane Katrina
Everyone at Thomson West is deeply moved by the enormous loss suffered by the victims of Hurricane Katrina. As the floodwaters recede and the Gulf Coast begins to rebuild, it is only now that the true extent of the devastation can be understood. And though there are sure to be difficult times ahead, there is also hope that a sense of normalcy will once again return to you – our customers, friends and colleagues along the Gulf Coast.
For our part, Thomson West is committed to helping legal professionals restore practices and offices as soon as possible. The full resources of our business back this commitment.
To assist in the rebuilding effort, we’ve set up a dedicated hotline for Thomson West customers affected by Hurricane Katrina. If you have been displaced by the disaster, contact Thomson West Customer Service at 1-800-328-4880, ext. 67281, to let us know that you’re safe and what your needs are. When you’re ready to get back on your feet, we’re ready to help.
Affected Westlawâ customers can contact their Sales representative or call the Customer Service hotline to access a complimentary Westlaw password. Thomson West Reference Attorneys are standing by to help support your research needs. Our Technology organization can help establish new high-speed connections to support your practices. And, when it’s time to rebuild your library, Thomson West will replace any print or CD-ROM product for current subscribers free of charge. For legal professionals who use our products but do not have current active subscriptions, we’re offering a 50 percent replacement coverage to ensure everyone is able to restore their collections. For our law school customers in the affected areas, we’re replacing texts free of charge and working closely with the law schools in the area to support their rebuilding efforts. And lastly, Thomson is offering a double-match contribution for all employee contributions to the American Red Cross in support of the relief effort.
Thomson West is proud of its heritage and longstanding partnership with attorneys and the courts, and we are proud to stand with you throughout your process of recovery and rebuilding. Please know that our thoughts are with you and that we are here to help.
Everyone -- Thank you so much for your generous contributions to the relief efforts here in Houston. The response from people across the country has been overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that Weil Gotshal's Houston office is bursting at the seams with boxes. We are now asking people to send any future donations directly to the HBA. In fact, I recommend phoning the HBA for shipping additional packages to ensure that they still have storage capacity. To speed the distribution process, please note the general contents on the sides of the boxes (e.g., "women's sweaters" or "infants").
The HBA's address is 1001 Fannin, Suite 1300, Houston, TX 77002. Their phone number is 713.759.1133. The boxes can be shipped to the attention of the HBA Clothing Drive.
I an continually amazed by the capacity of law librarians to give of their time and resources. If you have any questions about this change, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The Louisiana Supreme Court, and all courts in southeast Louisiana, are closed until October 1, 2005. Employees have been asked to report for work in Baton Rouge on that date. ( Not sure if this will change now that parts of the city will be opening up.) All employees of the Law Library of Louisiana are accounted for and fine. Carol Billings is in Williamsburg, Janice Shull in Columbus, OH, Marie Erickson in northern New Jersey, Miriam Childs in Baton Rouge, Georgia Chadwick on the road, and I am in Fairfax, VA. The rest of the staff are with family in Louisiana. Losses range from total loss of house and contents to minimal loss. We are all feeling the effects of displacement. The great news is that the building and the library came through unscathed. All we will have to deal with will be mountains of mail once that service returns. We greatly appreciate the offers of help and support from our friends. We are all able to receive email at addresses on AALLNET or I can forward if necessary.
New York's Unified Court System has organized a contingent of up to 400 volunteer court officials to help the legal communities of Louisiana and Mississippi, devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Chief Judge Judith S. Kaye said that in light of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, "We have a very special expertise ... We know what it's like to have courtrooms brought to a standstill." The volunteers are set to help in such areas as court security, records recovery and the creation of temporary court sites.
(clipped from www.law.com today. See their website or New York Law Journal for full story.)