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MANGANO: FREE LEGAL CLINIC OPENS ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

For Immediate Release:  January 15, 2013
Contact: Katie Grilli-Robles, Press Secretary (516) 571-4225

 

MANGANO:  FREE LEGAL CLINIC OPENS ITS DOORS FOR BUSINESSES IMPACTED BY HURRICANE SANDY

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced that the Nassau Business Recovery Task Force and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University have joined to establish a legal clinic that will offer free assistance to local small businesses recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

County Executive Mangano stated, "There is a cascade of legal issues that have arisen in the wake of the Hurricane that are affecting small businesses.  Many businesses are not positioned to seek paid legal assistance and we are hopeful that by establishing this Disaster Recovery Clinic they can get the legal services they need.  I thank Hofstra School of Law for participating in this effort as we help Nassau businesses rebuild." 

Through this faculty-supervised experiential learning program, second- and third-year law students primarily will offer transactional legal assistance, such as drafting and negotiating contracts, and on a wide range of legal issues that have arisen in Sandy's wake, such as leases and renovations. "We want to help Nassau's small businesses impacted by the storm and we're open to all sorts of transactional legal work," said Michael Haber, a visiting clinical professor of law at Hofstra and the clinic''s instructor.

The clinic opens its doors on January 11th and, initially will be staffed by six students, who will attend a weekly a seminar taught by Haber as well as do hands-on legal work.  Under the program, staffers at the Nassau Business Recovery Task Force along with its professional volunteers from banks and accounting firms, will sort through requests for assistance and send potential cases to the Hofstra Law clinic. Additionally small businesses interested in these services, including nonprofits and community groups, can apply directly for the free legal assistance.

Since the storm, more than a dozen bankers from JP Morgan Chase and TD Bank and accountants from Deloitte & Touche have been volunteering time to assist business owners in completing Small Business Administration loan documents, liaise with other government agencies and provide catchall administrative support to the affected businesses. 

Small businesses interested in these legal services, including nonprofits and community groups, should contact Kathleen Conti at or 516-463-5934 or Kathleen.A.Conti@hofstra.edu for further information or to apply.

Since the Nassau Business Recovery Task Force was established, hundreds of calls have been received on its hotline: (516) 571-1745.  Businesses in need of assistance also can email LEADS@NassauIDA.org or visit www.nassaubackinbusiness.org