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.

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

Natural disasters, like 2017’s Hurricane Maria, leave behind more than physical devastation and lives in upheaval. They leave real people facing unforeseen and urgent crises, in need of lawyers. They leave governmental institutions stuck and unable to provide their citizens legal support.

In response to the devastating hurricane aftermath facing the Island, the clinical program will accept applications for a group of students to learn about disaster recovery in context, and then have the option to travel and provide onsite, direct legal aid to people and organizations facing the aftermath of 2017’s Hurricane Maria.

Starting the first week of January, selected students will study and learn relevant law in context, exploring background matters, what disaster response really means in legal terms, and what the immediate legal needs facing the people of Puerto Rico entail. These classes in Buffalo will be coordinated by Luis E. Chiesa, Professor of Law and Kim Diana Connolly, Vice Dean for Advocacy & Experiential Learning and Director of Clinical Legal Education, and draw on the real-world experience of experts from the local bar and the Island of Puerto Rico!

After studying in Buffalo, there will be an optional 10-day service experience, where students will travel to Puerto Rico to work on local legal issues identified by local experts in the coming months that will best provide access to justice.