Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pepperdine Launches Disaster Relief Clinic

PDRPepperdine Law Launches Disaster Relief Clinic:

Pepperdine Law has launched a Disaster Relief Clinic to serve people affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands as well as the wildfires in California. Professor Sophia Hamilton is leading the immediate responses with student volunteers through the School of Law’s pro bono program. Professor Jeff Baker will lead the full Disaster Relief Clinic in January.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid is the principal partner in Texas, with organizing leadership through the legal clinics at Loyola-New Orleans College of Law. Law students and clinical faculty are representing clients in Texas with appeals to FEMA on housing issues.

The Disaster Relief Clinic is forging partnerships to expand its work in order to provide research assistance to other volunteer attorneys in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Clinic is also connecting with legal aid agencies and volunteer lawyers in Northern California to extend assistance to people displaced by recent wildfires.

Jeff Baker (Pepperdine), Launching a Disaster Relief Clinic (With a Lot of Help):

In bleak moments, this community inspires with the best kind of lawyering, the best kinds of generous collaboration, the best kind of sharing. Without cajoling or pleading, clinicians appear alongside our public interest, legal aid, and pro bono colleagues, while bar associations rise to organize and empower. Too often in academia, our schools race for mere rankings and prestige, jockeying for recognition. Here, schools from across our ecosystem band together to share and serve, modeling to our students how this profession ought to respond.

In an American moment fraught with mistrust, division, and a sense that our virtues are eroding, this outpouring, cooperation, and generosity are a balm and a strength of hope and promise. We can take care of our neighbors and communities, but only if we do it together.

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