New York – Beginning Monday, October 8, 2001, law students at Pace University School of Law, in conjunction with the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), will be providing assistance to victims of the World Trade Center disaster. Over 75 Pace Law School students have volunteered help staff with the NYSBA Committee on Mass Disaster Response members the NYSBA Booth created by the New York State Bar Association at 80 Centre Street New York, New York.
The booth is open on Monday, October 8th through Sunday, October 21st. The hours are Mondays though Fridays 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone who is in need of assistance due to the World Trade Center disaster is encouraged to visit the booth. Pace law students will assist with intake screening of people who believe that they may have legal problems or needs associated with the disaster, such as property damage, lost wages or discrimination.
For several years, The New York State Bar Association has had a Committee on Mass Disaster Response to enable the legal community to respond quickly to disaster related situations. The NYSBA has worked for a number of years very closely with SEMO and other disaster related entities to help when needed and called upon. The FEMA disaster relief phone number is 1-800-462-9029.
In this tragic situation, SEMO requested that the NYSBA staff a booth at the Disaster Service Assistance Center that has been established in response to the disaster. At the Center are other entities, such as the City Bar, the ABA, and the Red Cross. The purpose of the NYSBA service is to help match up persons in need with appropriate referrals and services.
Note: Interviews with students and Pace Law School coordinators can be arranged by contacting Jennifer Vinci.
Founded in 1976, Pace University School of Law has nearly 5,000 alumni/ae throughout the country. It offers full- and part-time day and evening J.D. programs on its White Plains, N.Y., campus. The School also offers the Master of Laws in Environmental Law and in Comparative Legal Studies. The School, which has one of the nation’s top-rated environmental law programs, also offers the S.J.D. program in that field. The School of Law is part of a comprehensive, independent and diversified University with campuses in New York City and Westchester County.