The University of Texas at Austin
  • Law students assist devastated Gulf Coast

    By Tara Chandler
    Published: Feb. 21, 2008

    Many of the students were first-year law students and while they found their limited knowledge challenging at times, they were excited to gain experience.

    “The most rewarding aspect of the trip was the degree of appreciation we were shown, and the knowledge that what we did, too, will be useful,” said first-year student Fuerza Linda Fraga.

    Valdespino said it was rewarding to have the opportunity to interact on a personal level with members of the community and witness their resolve and perseverance.

    “It was great to see people on the brink of ruin still willing to smile and help out their neighbor,” he said. “It was also amazing to see a group of people so deeply rooted to their community. It is something that is gradually being lost in this country.

    “The most challenging aspect of the trip was accepting the fact that no matter how much we did in the time that we were there, it was only a drop in the bucket and while after this one week I was going to get to go home to my comfortable life in Austin, the people of Turkey Creek were still going to have to continue their fight to regain the basic necessities that most of us take for granted.”

    For more information on the Turkey Creek Community Initiatives visit

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