Student Hurricane Network Wins 2006 Eugene J. Keefe AwardJune 07, 2006
Fordham Law's Student Hurricane Network was the recipient of the 2006 Eugene J. Keefe Award, an annual award presented to the person or group that that has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community, by the Student Bar Association presents. Allison Maimona '06 and Katy Schuman '06 accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
The Student Hurricane Network is a Public Interest Resource Center student organization that was founded by law students this year in response to the massive legal problems unearthed by the disaster of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast. The group works to mobilize the skills and energy of law students nationwide so that they can provide critically needed legal services to individuals and community organizations in the Gulf Coast. The national network has grown to include more than 60 law schools and more than 700 students.
The Fordham chapter has been very active. In both the winter and spring breaks, 28 students and an administrator went to New Orleans to volunteer with several different legal organizations that needed assistance. The students played a role in stopping the bulldozing of homes in the lower 9th ward in violation of a temporary restraining order, did investigations that resulted in the release of over 50 residents who had been unjustly held in jail, and documented the conditions of immigrant workers in New Orleans, which will give rise to a worker's center and increased resources to defend basic labor rights.