Friday, September 9, 2005

Update: Response to Crisis in New Orleans

The Yale Law School community has initiated a series of efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Yale Law School has admitted five second and third year law students from the law schools of Tulane University and Loyola University in New Orleans. Tuition will be waived and Yale will cover health insurance for the visiting students from the two schools now closed due to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

A panel on Thursday night, titled "Why Hurricane Katrina Wreaked Such Havoc and What Can We Do About It," discussed further ways to support the victims of Katrina. The discussion was moderated by Dean Harold Hongju Koh and the panelists included Michele Barry, Professor of Medicine and Public Health; Henry Fernandez, Former Economic Development Administrator, city of New Haven; Douglas Kysar, Visiting Professor of Law, Yale Law School; Carol Rose, Gordon Bradford Tweedy Professor of Law & Organization, Yale Law School; Paul Sullivan, Chief Executive of Connecticut Blood Services of the American Red Cross; and Elinor Sutton, Yale Law School '07 and formerly of Teach for America, New Orleans.

Both short-term and long-term effects of the disaster were discussed. (You can watch the whole discussion online; or read a Yale Daily News article about it.)

In the weeks and months ahead, Yale Law School is also looking for ways to support lawyers, judges, and other legal institutions in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Yale law students are organizing efforts to assist the victims of Katrina with short-term and longer-term needs. Working with a steering committee of faculty, staff, and students, chaired by Professor Dennis Curtis and appointed by the Dean, student working groups are focusing on four areas:

1. Fundraising;
2. Legal assistance for displaced victims, those transplanted to Connecticut and those closer to the storm;
3. Support for legal nonprofits in the affected areas; and
4. Cooperative efforts with bar associations and other law schools.

Students who are interested in working with any of these efforts can email in order to connect with heads of the working groups.

Yale Law School library is offering free document delivery to fellow legal academics and Yale Law School graduates affected by Katrina and posted the following message on a national law library blog site pertaining to Katrina. For further information, please email

The Library Staff Association (LiSA) and Yale Law School are also undertaking a joint drive to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Checks or money order should be made payable to AMERICARES of the American Red Cross.

Supplies such as diapers, feminine products, new hair brushes/combs, toiletries, hair care items, medical items, etc. will also be collected in special boxes at the Law School starting the week of September 12th.