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Touro law clinic for Sandy victims gets $80G grant

Touro Law Center’s newly opened Disaster Relief Clinic, which offers free legal aid to superstorm Sandy victims from law students and volunteer lawyers, has received an $80,000 grant from the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

The grant will allow the clinic to continue through the year, said Touro Law dean Patricia Salkin. The Disaster Relief Clinic was initially made possible by a million-dollar private donation.

The clinic is part of Touro’s clinical teaching program, which allows law students to take on real cases while being supervised by professors. Benjamin Rajotte, visiting professor of law at Touro and the supervisor for the Disaster Relief Clinic, said he hopes to run the effort as long as there is need in the community.

The Robin Hood Foundation is a nonprofit focused on fighting poverty in New York City. Its Sandy Relief fund has distributed more than $45 million in grants to aid the recovery effort after Sandy. A majority of the funds were raised from the 12-12-12 concert held at Madison Square Garden.

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