Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic

Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Legal Clinic

Our Mission: Because recovery goes beyond disaster relief, #UBLawResponds provides practical legal research and thoughtful pro bono service, through an ongoing collaborative effort to empower a resilient Puerto Rico.

Nuestra Misión: El camino a la restauración va más allá de responder a los efectos de un desastre natural. La misión de la clínica legal de la Universidad del Estado de Nueva York es contribuir al proceso de empoderamiento de Puerto Rico proveyendo servicios de investigación legal gratuitos con aplicaciones prácticas en colaboración con la comunidad puertorriqueña y sus aliados. #UBLawResponds

Contact Us

University at Buffalo
School of Law
507 O'Brian Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-1100
716-645-2167, law-clinic@buffalo.edu

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Meet our Faculty/Staff

Kim Diana Connolly

Connolly

Professor Kim Diana Connolly grew up in Massachusetts, and started volunteering at a young age. Following college, she spent a year as a Volunteer in Service to America working on water access and waste disposal across the state of North Carolina, and then founded a new non-profit called the North Carolina Rural Communities Assistance Project to work with those who lacked access to life’s basics. After graduating from law school, she worked in private practice for several years while earning her LL.M. at night and actively engaging in pro bono work. As a law professor, Connolly has focused much of her work on clinical teaching, both to continue her commitment to access to justice work, but to work directly with law students on their path to become active practicing lawyers! She conceived the Puerto Rico Recovery Assistance Clinic after Hurricane Maria because it seemed like an important moment to help achieve Clinical Legal Education Program’s mission, which is “delivering access to justice while teaching UB law students to be excellent, ethical, and engaged lawyers.”

Karla Raimundi

Karla

Karla Raimundi was born and raised in Puerto Rico where she obtained with honors a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Juris Doctor from the University of Puerto Rico. She obtained her masters in law (LL.M.) in comparative legal studies and in environmental law from Pace Law School in White Plains, New York. Before coming to Buffalo, Raimundi worked for several years in the lower Hudson Valley as Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s Environmental Justice Associate where she collaborated with community members and stakeholders to advance climate justice by implementing important New York State and federally funded projects. She has led local community members and groups in the research and creation of climate justice assessments in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Peekskill and Kingston. Her projects and campaigns were designed to empower local communities and advance environmental resiliency and sustainability in low-income communities and communities of color. With Clearwater’s Environmental Action Department, Karla also spearheaded Clearwater’s environmental justice contention before the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to hold nuclear energy giant Entergy accountable for the harms flowing from their operation of the Indian Point Nuclear Power.

Brian Detweiler

Brian Detweiler

Brian Detweiler is the Student Services Librarian at the University at Buffalo’s Charles B. Sears Law Library. He works regular shifts at the Reference Desk, serves as the Law Library’s liaison to student groups in the University at Buffalo School of Law, and is responsible for developing student programming for the library and assessing students’ research needs and satisfaction with library services. Detweiler holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, an M.L.S. from the University at Buffalo, and a B.S. from SUNY Brockport. He is a licensed attorney and practiced law with the Legal Aid Society in Rochester, New York, before beginning his library career.

Elisa Lackey

Elisa

Elisa Lackey is the Clinical Legal Education Paralegal and Program Coordinator at the School of Law. She has been with UB since 2011, however she has been working remotely from Lincoln, NE, from the last 2 years. Lackey holds a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University in Crime, Law & Justice, and previously served as the Clinical Paralegal at Penn State Law for 4 years prior to joining the staff at the University at Buffalo School of Law.  The most amazing part of her job, she notes, is that she gets to watch students transform into lawyers right before her eyes... the amount of power to change the world that each student holds once they leave the law school is immense.

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