Law students at Cardozo, Columbia and other New York area schools have been helping victims of the 9/11 attacks to complete and file on-line applications for awards from the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund. Congress had reopened the fund last year, allowing people to seek compensation for injuries associated with the attacks and subsequent cleanup, even if those injuries were unknown until months or years afterwards. In a recent blog post, the Justice Department notes that the law student involvement was suggested by David Udell, Executive Director of the National Center for Access to Justice. DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative also played a key role in developing the project, as did the Justice Center of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. The National Center for Access to Justice is also writing a report on law student pro bono across the nation, due out later this year.
(originally posted April 20, 2012 by David Udell)