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Student Hurricane Network

Law students working for justice in the Gulf Coast

Mission Statement

The Student Hurricane Network (SHN) is a national network of law students dedicated to advancing the cause of social justice in communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by coordinating volunteer efforts, aiding public interest organizations, and educating members of the legal community about legal crises in the region.

The legal questions and problems facing the individuals and communities throughout the Gulf Coast region are monumental in scale, and will remain for months and years to come. In order to address this need, law students from across the country have formed the Student Hurricane Network (SHN), a national association dedicated to providing assistance to communities affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Over 4,500 law students from 110 law schools have traveled to the Gulf Coast through SHN over the past two years. Collectively, we have provided tremendous assistance to justice advocates in the region.

You can help! There are many ways for students and members of the legal community to be involved with our work. Check out the site for more information and to learn more about our major projects, including winter and spring break trips and opportunities to educate your local communities. You can also join the SHN leadership team to help organize students to serve the hurricane-affected communities. Email for more info.

SHN Leadership 2008-2009  

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SHN in the News  



Trouble the Water

An award-winning film featuring a young couple living on the margins who survive the flooding of their city by any means necessary.

New Orleans 100

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Gulf Coast Civic Works Project

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Social Entrepeneurs of New Orleans (SENO)

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NOLA YURP (Young Urban Rebuilding Professionals)

The NOLA YURP Initiative is about connecting, retaining and attracting the city's young workforce, but also an example of many different communities working together to solve a problem.

Pro Bono Legal Corps

The LA Bar Association and Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps legal fellows have volunteer opportunities available for law students.

Website with resources for probono attorneys

Legal info for the public in Louisiana

Legal info for the public in Mississippi

University of Mississippi Law's website for Katrina Legal Issues

Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net