Monday, February 11, 2008

In D.C. on the 29th?

From the D.C. School of Law.....

UDC-DCSL Katrina Law Symposium, February 29

The University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law is proud to host a symposium titled Katrina’s Wake: Emergency Preparedness and Response from the Bayou to the Beltway. The symposium will feature leading scholars, advocates, and public officials who will examine the parallel racial and economic disparities in New Orleans and the District of Columbia. Topic areas include the administration of justice, long term and foster care, and accountability in disaster planning and relief spending.

The Symposium will be held on Friday, February 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in Building 38, Second Floor Windows Lounge, University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW (Red Line Metro at Van Ness Station). The event is open to the public and is wheelchair accessible. Following the symposium, a reception will be held releasing the new edition of the Law Review.

Last year, UDC-DCSL students, faculty, and administrators traveled to Louisiana and worked in a variety of capacities on behalf of Katrina survivors with local organizations. They conducted succession research to assisting survivors with insurance claims on their homes; provided assistance to the New Orleans Public Defenders Office resulting in the release of dozens of accused who had served more time than if they had been convicted; assisted exploited Latino day laborers to understand their rights and receive payment; and helped rebuild a home. In December 2007, the Pro Bono Project of the Greater New Orleans Area named UDC-DCSL its “Law School of the Year,” and faculty members were honored by the Louisiana State Supreme Court. The University of the District of Columbia Law Review is a student-run periodical that publishes articles of topical legal interest. Our aspiration is to serve the community by raising awareness of important legal issues of social concern.

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