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Wednesday, May 6, 2020
12 p.m – 1 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Pivot or Perish: Redefining Disaster Law

Latisha Nixon-Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon and Owner, LN Jones Disaster Law Consultants

Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

In this session, nonprofits and volunteers will learn about current federal and state disaster laws that are applied before, during and after disasters, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Understanding disaster laws is particularly important to protect vulnerable populations, historically marginalized communities and underserved communities for disaster mitigation, economic recovery and community resilience. The session will address current obstacles to building and preserving resilient communities, disparate harms borne by vulnerable populations, and examples of effective strategies for overcoming these obstacles. Leaders and staff of nonprofits who serve vulnerable populations and underserved communities, as well as culturally specific nonprofits are particularly encouraged to attend.

*Space is limited to 500 participants. Please note that a recording of this webinar will be made available on NAO's webinar page for later viewing.


Latisha Nixon-Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, University of Oregon and Owner, LN Jones Disaster Law Consultants

Professor Nixon-Jones is an emerging voice in the developing field of Disaster Law.  Prior to joining Oregon Law’s Legal Research and Writing faculty, Professor Nixon-Jones was the Assistant Clinical Professor of the Disaster Law Clinic at Southern University Law Center (SULC).  

As a 2017 AmeriCorps Equal Justice Works Fellow, she was responsible for establishing, coordinating, and expanding SULC's disaster law clinic. The clinic's focus is helping low-income individuals who have been affected by natural or man-made disasters with civil legal issues.  

As a fellow, Professor Nixon-Jones appeared on several news programs and delivered vital community outreach presentations. She was also featured in a September 2017 American Bar Association article highlighting the clinic. She has presented at numerous national conferences and helped develop a national federal guideline white paper for future Equal Justice Works disaster law fellows. Professor Nixon-Jones is a member of the Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition and is currently a certified business coach and a national SCORE mentor. She also serves on the Association of Legal Writing Directors' members committee and the Legal Writing Institute's diversity committee.  


Jim White, Executive Director, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Jim is deeply committed to social change and has worked in the nonprofit sector both domestically and internationally for more than 20 years. He is passionate about affecting systemic change results in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working together to support and strengthen civil society.  


Thank You Funders and Supporters

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online COVID-19 events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, The Collins Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and Gordon Elwood Foundation
Friend Plus Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank, First Interstate Bank, Comcast and Heritage Bank
Friend Plus Sponsors: Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, Brown & Brown Northwest Insurance, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and The Standard
Friend Sponsor: Portland General Electric



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May 6th, 2020 12:00 PM through  1:00 PM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Advocacy and Public Policy, Development & Fundraising, Financial Management, Fundraiser or Festival, Operations & Planning, Public Meeting or Info Session
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Thought Leadership, Voice