March 31, 2006
(New Orleans, LA) -- The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest association of African-American attorneys, will co-sponsor with the Louisiana State Bar Association a legal clinic for hurricane evacuees and volunteer lawyers and law students. The event will be held in cooperation with Tulane Law School and the George Washington University Law School at 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. CST on Friday, March 31, 2006, at Tulane Law school, Room 157, 6329 Freret Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.
The latest web casting technology will enable the program to be viewed live from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio; Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Florida A & M College of Law in Orlando, Florida; the South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas; the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C.; the headquarters of the American Bar Association in Chicago, Illinois; and the Corporate Offices of the National Football League in New York, New York. The contact information for the coordinators at each of these sites is listed below.
The purpose of the legal clinic is to encourage volunteers and provide evacuees with the necessary information to make informed decisions about their future.
The first of three panels will address how lawyers and law students can assist the relief effort and will feature Associate Justice Catherine Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court, National Bar Association President Reginald M. Turner, Jr., Marta-Ann Schnabel, who is president-elect of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and Morgan Williams, who is one of the leaders of the Student Hurricane Network that is encouraging U.S. law students to volunteer in the Gulf Coast.
Panel II will provide evacuees and volunteers with the latest disaster relief information. This panel will feature New Orleans City Council President Oliver M. Thomas, Jr. and Loretta B. Poree, who a representative with the Small Business Administration.
Panel III will address the common questions and concerns of evacuees. This panel will include Louisiana State Representative Karen Carter, who will discuss insurance issues from her perspective as the chairperson of the House Insurance Committee, Southern University Law Professor John Pierre, who will discuss mortgage and landlord/tenant issues, Louisiana State Representative Cheryl A. Gray, who will discuss issues regarding the upcoming election, and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Executive Counsel Monique Edwards, who will address environmental concerns of volunteers and evacuees.
The LSBA is a statewide organization with almost 20,000 members. It ensures access to and aids in the administration of justice, assists the Supreme Court in the regulation of the practice of law, and upholds the honor of the courts and the profession. The Association also promotes the professional competence of attorneys, works to increase public understanding of and respect for the law, and encourages collegiality among its members.
The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and today represents a network of more than 20,000 African-American lawyers, judges, and law professors. The NBA formed a Hurricane Katrina Task Force to address the needs of evacuees and coordinate volunteer efforts. The legal clinic at Tulane is part of a series of legal clinics the NBA has sponsored around the country. A more intensive legal clinic and program about the relief effort will take place at the National Bar Association’s Mid-Year Conference on April 26 - 30, 2006, at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.