Skip to main content

Law School Clinical Programs Offer Legal Aid During Crisis

Cornell Law School
Central New York
Hand holding a smartphone over a paper form

From dining room tables and childhood bedrooms, Cornell Law School faculty, students, and staff are responding to the coronavirus pandemic by offering legal services to businesses and individuals in central New York. The assistance runs the gamut, from helping businesses and workers in the region access new benefits to supporting families in immigration detention centers at risk for the virus and working with low-income residents remotely to finalize their wills. This effort to address the legal implications of the crisis has been coordinated by the Law School's clinical programs, which work with clients who cannot afford legal services. Faculty leaders of seven clinical programs have counseled clients, with the help of students working remotely from their homes. "The clinical program is an entire, miniature law office embedded in the Law School that has been running for 60 years; within a matter of days, the staff converted it into an online enterprise," said Beth Lyon, associate dean for experiential education and clinical program director at the Law School.

Read the full story by Sheri Negrea, Cornell Chronicle