Memphis law students raising money to help Haitian refugees find jobs

By WMC Staff

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Nearly two dozen Memphis law students are trying to raise money to help Haitian refugees who cannot go home due to the earthquake.

Several local restaurants hosted a lunchtime fund drive Wednesday to help.  The goal was to send twenty law students to work in a Miami legal clinic in March, helping Haitians get temporary status to work.

With the trip nearly three weeks away, the students are running out of time.

"We'll be helping with their immigration process," said Walker Pritchard, a University of Memphis Law School student.  "It's a really complex process and the Miami Law Clinic has taken on a huge number of clients."

Law students from schools around the country have answered the call to manage the crush of desperate Haitians looking for help.

The trip is coordinated by the Public Action Law Society at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.  To find out more about the program or to contribute, e-mail

The Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a Haiti Benefit Concert Thursday to help with the fundraising.  More than 25 local bands will be playing.  The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. with a $5 cover per person.

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