Community Programs in the School of LawTitle: The Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project
Description: The Maryland Katrina and Indigent Defense Project was informally created in March 2006 in response to the overwhelming need that still exists in New Orleans since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Law students have donated their vacation time to the rebuilding effort, working with Catholic Charities and Habitat for Humanity reconstructing homes in affected areas, and with the New Orleans Office of the Public Defender, focusing on bond hearings and prison conditions. During the 2008 winter recess, students had the opportunity to work with the Baton Rouge Public Defenders Office, do civil work in Mississippi, and criminal law work in New Orleans, along with another building trip in Mississippi.
Since Spring 2006, over 150 Maryland law students, professors, and alumni have volunteered in the Gulf Coast.
Teresa Schmiedeler, Esq.
Community Served: Citywide; Louisiana; Mississippi
Services Provided: Legal
Services Provided Other: Construction
Client type: Children,Teenagers,Adults,Elderly,Mentally Ill,Chemically addicted,Elementary school students,Middle school students,High school students,College students
Physical Location: Off Campus
School System Served:
Program Timeframe: Continuous