November 28, 2007 11:18 Age: 6 yrs

Emory Law Student Honored for Volunteerism Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Laura Settlemyer 08L

Laura Settlemyer 08L recently was honored by the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association for her volunteer work in providing legal services to Louisiana citizens affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Settlemyer, along with hundreds of out-of-state attorney and law student volunteers, was recognized in a ceremony at the Supreme Court of New Orleans by Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero Jr. and Louisiana State Bar Association President S. Guy deLaup. Settlemyer currently serves as president of the Emory Public Interest Committee (EPIC), a student-run organization that promotes public service law at Emory Law.

In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Louisiana Supreme Court instituted a an Emergency Pro Bono Civil Legal Assistance Rule which allowed non-Louisiana-licensed attorneys and law students, like Settlemyer, to work with Louisiana public interest law organizations to assist residents with their legal needs. After volunteering with this effort in 2006, Settlemyer, along with Danielle Goldstone 08L, led a group of Emory law students back to New Orleans earlier this year to pitch in and assist with the recovery.

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