Houston, TX (Baton Rouge, LA) – What seemed like immediately after news spread about our Houston office fire, we received outpourings of support from our sister agencies, law firms, and law schools around the country.  They, like us, were baffled by the chain of events in Houston at the time.  Through social media channels, we were contacted by students from Louisiana State University Law Center, they and their Constitutional Law professor John Devlin wanted to help.  They were able to organize donations from around the school and nearby law firms in the form of furniture, computers, other tech equipment, and office supplies.  The LSU LAW Caravan of several personal vehicles and 1 large U-Haul truck delivered their donations on Friday, October 6, 2017.  With some of our temporary office space being unfurnished and the loss of so many computers and office supplies, these donations will fill the remaining voids in our return to normal office life.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Professor Devlin joined the LSU faculty in 1986. At the LSU Law Center, he has taught primarily in the fields of constitutional law (federal, state, and comparative); federal civil procedure, administrative law, and employment law. He devotes a significant amount of time working with student organizations (e.g., advisor to the Law Review, the Moot Court Board and, most recently, the new Public Interest Law Society). In addition, he coached the Law Center National Moot Court team and several other interschool moot court teams. [1]

Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center is a law school whose mission is to prepare, through a demanding and comprehensive program of legal education, a well-qualified and diverse group of people to be highly competent and ethical lawyers; to be leaders in private practice, public service, and commerce; to value and respect the diversity of people and ideas; and to be capable of serving the cause of justice and advancing the common good, consistent with the rule of law.[2]

Lone Star Legal Aid is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit law firm focused on advocacy on behalf of low-income and underserved populations. Lone Star Legal Aid serves the millions of people at 125% of federal poverty guidelines that reside in 72 counties in the eastern and Gulf Coast regions of Texas, and also 4 counties of southwest Arkansas. Lone Star Legal Aid focuses its resources on maintaining, enhancing, and protecting income and economic stability; preserving housing;  improving outcomes for children; establishing and sustaining family safety and stability, health and well‐being; and assisting populations with special vulnerabilities, such as those who have disabilities, or who are elderly, homeless, or have limited English language skills. To learn more about Lone Star Legal Aid, visit our website at www.lonestarlegal.org.

Media contact: Clarissa Ayala, cayala@lonestarlegal.org

[1] John Devlin. Retrieved from https://www.law.lsu.edu/directory/profiles/john-devlin/.
[2] LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center Mission Statement. Retrieved from https://www.law.lsu.edu/aboutlsulaw/missionstatement/.

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