Albany Law School and Legal Aid Society Form COVID Response Corps
Many people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic need legal help—particularly in navigating unemployment benefits—and Albany Law students are rising to the occasion through the newly formed COVID Response Corps.
More than two dozen Albany Law School students are working this summer with the Legal Aid of Northeastern New York (LASNNY)—a nonprofit that provides legal services to those who cannot otherwise afford an attorney—to offer a helping hand as LASNNY manages its increased workload.
"We anticipated Legal Aid was going to be hit pretty hard. We knew the client's needs would increase. Students wanted to be a part of helping out and use their training to help people in need," said Professor Ray Brescia, who helped organize the partnership.
Many students are working remotely in areas ranging from direct legal services to indirect legal support. Some chip in a few hours a week; others spend a full work week immersed in helping LASNNY's clients.
The Corps partnership is also supported by the law school's Career and Professional Development Center.