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LAW 5808 - Disaster Recovery Clinic

In this Clinic, students represent individuals affected by “Superstorm” Sandy in Nassau County and the Rockaways. The cases taken by the Clinic will fall into four categories: (1) representation of homeowners in disputes with insurers in the NYS Department of Financial Services insurance claim mediation program; (2) representation of tenants in disputes with landlords for nonpayment of rent, violations of lease terms, or breach of the warranty of habitability; (3) representation of individuals in administrative appeals of denied FEMA grants; and (4) transactional representation of non-profits and community organizations that seek to provide assistance to communities affected by the storm. Students engage in client interviewing and counseling, intensive fact investigation, legal research, strategic decision-making, document drafting, mediation, negotiation, and litigation. Students work in teams of two and are accompanied in court and in mediations by the supervisor, who provides ongoing feedback. The course has three components: a minimum of 300 hours of client casework over the semester; a two-hour weekly seminar; and a weekly 90-minute supervision session with the instructor. The course also begins with an intensive week-long training program. Evidence is strongly recommended for students interested in the course; Administrative Law, Contracts, Insurance Law, Negotiation, Property, Real Estate, and Trial Techniques are all relevant courses. Instructor permission is required to register for the course.

Credits: 6

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