The Fordham Law School Disaster Relief Netwok ("DRN") is a student-run public interest group formed in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A former chapter and founding member of the National Student Hurricane Network, the group has successfully sponsored nine trips to the Gulf Coast region, to provide assistance in legal aid, community organizing, and manual labor.
In 2006, Fordham's SHN received the Eugene M. Keefe award, which is presented by the Student Bar Association to the person, or group, that has made the most important contribution to the Fordham community. That same year, Fordham SHN members traveled to Washington DC with other chapters from across the country to receive the LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell® Exemplary Public Service Award on behalf of the National SHN.
The recent devastating earthquake in Haiti brought images reminiscent of fall 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. In response, DRN sent fourteen Fordham Law students and the Dean of Student Affairs to Haiti in March 2010. The group partnered with Voices for Haiti ("V4H"-www.voicesforhaiti.org) to run a week-long day camp for orphans and other children affected by the disaster. The camp took place in Cabaret, about 15 miles outside the capital Port-au-Prince.
Public Interest Resource Center, Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, Rm. 08, New York, NY, 10023.