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December 20, 2007

Law students to assist devastated Gulf Coast communities

Forty-eight UT Law students will travel to the Gulf Coast region to participate in law-related volunteer projects, January 6–11, 2008. The students will assist local organizations with ongoing projects addressing post-Hurricane Katrina legal needs in areas such as housing, criminal justice, voting rights, and immigration and employment law.

The Thurgood Marshall Legal Society has organized a group to join law students from across the country in New Orleans in an effort coordinated by the National Black Law Students Association. The NBLSA Rocky Mountain Region and Vinson & Elkins are sponsoring the trip.

Members of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law’s student advisory board have organized students to travel to the Gulfport, Mississippi area. The Justice Center is providing logistical and financial help. Justice Center faculty members Eden Harrington and Mary Crouter will work with the students, as will Tina Fernandez, Associate Director for Career Services.

Both efforts are being coordinated through the Student Hurricane Network, a national association of law students dedicated to providing long-term assistance to communities affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Related Links:

Thurgood Marshall Legal Society

William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

Student Hurricane Network


Eden Harrington, Director of the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law, UT Law, 512-232-7068,