Columbia Law will host the first convening in New York City for law students interested in collaborating with Hurricane María Legal Assistance (Ayuda Legal Huracán María), a grassroots access to justice initiative developed to assist Puerto Ricans in both the immediate and long-term aftermath of the hurricane.
More than a month after Hurricane María made landfall, residents in Puerto Rico continue to suffer from lack of access to water, electricity, food, medicine, shelter, and government assistance. The enormity of the challenge is sobering, which makes your support all the more critical.
In response, a group of attorneys and law students from across the United States and Puerto Rico launched this legal support initiative, now called Ayuda Legal Huracán Maria (Hurricane Maria Legal Assistance). In Puerto Rico, training for lawyers and law students, as well as legal clinics, have already taken place. We hope to have at least three trainings a week in various municipalities, and eventually, have weekly clinics in every town until the need is met. Our workshops and trainings are shared on social media, where you can follow us and see updates regarding our work.
The goal for this initial convening is to introduce interested students to the (1) socioeconomic and political context of Puerto Rico prior to the hurricane; (2) the basics of disaster relief legal aid; and (3) ways to collaborate remotely. We will also discuss the possibility of joining legal aid brigades traveling to Puerto Rico and Columbia Law students will have the opportunity to learn more about our upcoming pro-bono spring break caravan.
For additional information about the initiative, please visit: