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Tim Riveria

  • Hosted by Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Law school University of Iowa College of Law
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery
  • Fellowship class year 2007
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Tim facilitated law student volunteerism and provided legal services to assist with the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Tim’s Fellowship sought to address any disconnect between law students and the legal service organizations that were leading the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The goal was to work to further law student and legal service organization collaboration to ultimately meet disaster-related legal needs.  In order to facilitate this connection, the Fellowship sought to recruit, train, and motivate a corps of law student volunteers.

Fellowship Highlights

Tim and his colleagues recruited numerous law student volunteers and trained them in line with the volunteer needs of local legal services organizations and University legal clinics.  The fellows also created a website tracking form to allow law students to monitor volunteer hours and receive recognition for their recovery efforts. Tim also directly provided legal services to families to help them clear titles to receive FEMA recovery funds.

Next Steps

After completing his Equal Justice Works Fellowship, Tim worked as a legal services attorney with Legal Aid of Nebraska before relocating to Washington, D.C. While in Washington, D.C., he worked as a parent advocate and attorney at Advocates for Justice and Education and later as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.  Tim currently represents and advises school boards as an associate in the Baton Rouge, Louisiana office of Hammonds, Sills, Adkins, Guice, Noah & Perkins.

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