Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
As one of only two criminal defense attorneys at Reed Smith, partner Efrem Grail could not stop thinking about a New York Times article he read detailing the plight of Louisiana county jail inmates in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. They had been evacuated and transferred to county jails upstate before Katrina hit, he says, and “pretty much just left there.” Court filings and arrest records were destroyed by the hurricane, resulting in confusion over who the inmates were or even why they had been arrested. People who should have been released weren’t, Grail says, and others never received bail hearings. “It struck at the heart of our system of justice,” he says. So he got on the phone and offered help. Within days, 10 Reed Smith attorneys made their way to Shreveport, La., where they interviewed inmates and assisted with the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers‘ effort to compile a database identifying those being held. In Reed Smith’s D.C. office, another group of lawyers tried locating the inmates’ families in order to let them know what was going on with their relatives’ legal situation. Linda Baumann, a health care partner who organized the D.C. effort, says she just wanted to do something to help. “I have gotten thank-you notes,” she says, “from attorneys for letting them participate.”
Bethany Broida can be contacted at [email protected].

This content has been archived. It is available through our partners, LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law.

To view this content, please continue to their sites.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Not a Bloomberg Law Subscriber?
Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law are third party online distributors of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® and Bloomberg Law customers are able to access and use ALM's content, including content from the National Law Journal, The American Lawyer, Legaltech News, The New York Law Journal, and Corporate Counsel, as well as other sources of legal information.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2021 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.