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Law Student ProBono Service Trips to Touro Law
Law students from across the country are spending time at Touro Law to pitch in with disaster relief legal service efforts.
Hurricane Sandy marked the most significant natural disaster in living memory in the northeast with a direct hit to Long Island – home to 3 million people in Nassau and Suffolk Counties and Touro Law Center. Immediately following the storm, Touro Law launched a significant community service and pro bono outreach effort – providing free legal assistance and referrals to anyone in need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. That effort grew to become the only comprehensive disaster law program of its kind in the country. We added a Disaster Law course to our curriculum and opened a Disaster Relief Clinic, where students work under close faculty supervision with clients. In addition, we have been organizing service trips to the area for law students from around the country who want to come to the region and offer assistance.
In the summer and fall of 2013, law students from across the country came to provide pro-bono assistance to the survivors and many law schools have scheduled service trips for this spring to offer help. Much remains to be done to help survivors navigate the complex issues involved in receiving just compensation from their flood and homeowner’s insurance carriers as well as from FEMA.
Opportunities are available for interested law students to come to Long Island and assist storm survivors with their ongoing legal needs. Touro Law coordinates law student visits, placing students with various groups and organizations that offer legal assistance to storm victims while providing hands-on legal training and earning pro bono service hours.
This opportunity enables students to hone their lawyering skills and develop familiarity in a growing area of the law. Reduced rates are available at a hotel within walking distance of the law center, and low-cost hostel type accommodations may also be available on a first-come, first served basis. For more information, contact Patricia Sturm, VISTA Volunteer in Service to America at (631) 630-2311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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to see John Lamb, a second year student from England, discussing his experience visiting Touro Law and working in our Disaster Relief Clinic.