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Weil Named to National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List

Honored for Work with Hurricane Sandy Victims

(January 6, 2014, Weil News)

Weil was named to the National Law Journal’s 2013 Pro Bono Hot List for its work helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. More than 80 lawyers from across the Firm assisted in securing relief from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and partnered with The Legal Aid Society to file a class action to prevent the City of New York from unilaterally discontinuing a program that provided temporary rental assistance to more than 1,000 people left homeless following the storm.

Drawing on experience assisting Hurricane Katrina victims obtain federal relief, Weil again helped its pro bono clients appeal denials of FEMA aid, and also offered a free training session that was broadcast nationally on Pro Bono Net to teach any interested lawyers from outside the Firm how to handle FEMA appeals. When New York City officials announced in April 2013 that hotel rental assistance for nearly 500 families made homeless by the storm would be discontinued by the end of May, Weil’s pro bono team joined with The Legal Aid Society to file a class action lawsuit in New York state court, winning a temporary restraining order that suspended the evictions and, later, a preliminary injunction that remained in place until September, which gave the families a chance to locate alternative housing or make other housing arrangements. Steven Banks, attorney-in-chief of The Legal Aid Society, called Weil's efforts "truly heroic." (The Weil attorneys and paralegals working on these, and other, matters, received The Legal Aid Society’s 2013 Pro Bono Publico awards.)

Litigation partner Konrad Cailteux, who led the team of Weil lawyers on the class action against the city, called the work they did “very gratifying.” "When you do this type of work, you're dealing with individuals – it’s their lives. They're going to be homeless if you don't help them."

Please click here to read the National Law Journal’s profile of Weil’s pro bono work (may require registration/assistance).
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