Their numbers are small — a few score students at a half-dozen New York law campuses bent on healing the injustices exposed by Hurricane Katrina.

But in a ringing address Tuesday at Columbia Law School, New Orleans native Damon T. Hewitt, assistant counsel with the New York office of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, reminded students that their cause was huge — a fledgling national movement called the Student Hurricane Network.

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