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
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.”
Octavio Villegas '15 (Volunteer Staff Attorney)
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.