Engaging the Legal Academy in Disaster Response

38 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2012

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Davida Finger

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Laila Hlass

Tulane University - Law School

Anne Sikes Hornsby

University of Alabama School of Law

Susan S. Kuo

University of South Carolina - School of Law

Rachel A. Van Cleave

Golden Gate University School of Law

Date Written: 1, 2011

Abstract

This article discusses three models of law school engagement that have been used to respond to natural disasters. The three models discussed are a disaster law clinic, a course on disaster law, and a student-led initiative featuring non-credit, pro bono placements. Each model offers a conceptual approach for integrating community-based, justice-oriented initiatives into academic and clinical teaching. Taken as templates for a more permanent model of engagement in the area of post-disaster law and social justice, these models demonstrate that the legal academy can meet its service obligation to the community while training lawyers to better appreciate the central tenets of their calling: to seek justice and to serve others.

Keywords: natural disaster, pro bono, legal clinic, social justice

Suggested Citation

Finger, Davida and Hlass, Laila and Hornsby, Anne Sikes and Kuo, Susan S. and Van Cleave, Rachel A., Engaging the Legal Academy in Disaster Response (1, 2011). 10 Seattle J. for Soc. Just. 211 (2011), Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Research Paper No. 2012-10, NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 10/2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2040890

Davida Finger (Contact Author)

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law ( email )

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Campus Box 901
New Orleans, LA 70118
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Laila Hlass

Tulane University - Law School ( email )

6329 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
United States
5048628815 (Phone)

Anne Sikes Hornsby

University of Alabama School of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 870382
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
United States

Susan S. Kuo

University of South Carolina - School of Law ( email )

1525 Senate St.
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

Rachel A. Van Cleave

Golden Gate University School of Law ( email )

536 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States
415-442-6601 (Phone)
415-442-6609 (Fax)

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