Law Students Lend a Hand to Katrina Recovery Efforts

With spring break fast approaching, many area law students' thoughts are turning to warmer climates, sandy beaches, and days free of lectures and laptops. However, not all students will be relaxing surfside this spring break.  Students from three area law schools, including Mason Law, will be embarking on "alternative spring breaks" to provide free legal assistance as part of the ongoing Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in the Gulf Coast region. 

Law Students Aid Gulf Coast Residents, Legal Times, March 5, 2007. By Tifany Williams.

"Through the Student Hurricane Network, law students, not just from the District but from across the nation, will be paired with law firms and local legal-aid agencies in the Gulf Coast to provide support on issues such as criminal displacement and to assist homeowners in clearing their property titles in order to receive federal benefits and rebuild their homes.

"Last year, Howard sent about 30 students to the Gulf Coast area. This year, students from UDC and George Mason will be making the trip for the first time.

"For Andrea Loveless, a third-year law student at George Mason, the wait to go down to Louisiana and start helping is a source of excitement but also nervousness.

"'I expect to be very moved by the day-to-day actions of the people while I'm down there, and I expect it [to] be shocking. But I'm ready to go,' Loveless says."

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