Fordham Law


Student Hurricane Network Receives State Pro Bono Award



Fordham Law's Student Hurricane Network will be recognized by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) for extraordinary pro bono service.

The Student Hurricane Network (SHN) is one of the organizations receiving athe NYSBA's President's Pro Bono Service Award at an April 30 event as part of Law Day. This year's awards honor attorneys representing 11 of New York's 12 judicial districts, two young lawyers, a large law firm, two small or mid-size law firms, two law students and a law school group.

The NYSBA recognized the SHN chapters at 13 New York State law schools. Fordham's chapter of SHN was formed in the fall of 2005 in response to the massive legal problems unearthed by the disaster of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast.

The Fordham chapter has been particularly active, sending delegations each winter and spring break since the storms. Twenty-eight students went to New Orleans in 2006 to volunteer with several legal organizations. During winter break 2006-07, 32 students, faculty, and administrators traveled to New Orleans and expanded its work to Mississippi, and an additional group of 19 returned to New Orleans in March 2007.

Fordham students have been involved in national leadership of SHN and played an important role in the development of SHN Chapters at other law schools. More than 2,700 law students have traveled to the Gulf Coast to provide critically needed legal assistance. SHN students are also working closely with the law firms to increase pro bono work in the Gulf Coast and this year have co-sponsored two programs with the City Bar focusing on how law firms and house counsel can get help.

For more information on Fordham Law's Student Hurricane Network, please visit the SHN blog at http://fordhamshn.blogspot.com. The video features students from the Fordham SHN chapter.

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