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Shelter From the Storm
Harrison Report: Post-World War II Bombshell
A Case of Political Descent
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Shelter From the Storm
BY ANDY GREENBERG
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Tulane Law students
Tulane Law students (from left to right) in Silverman Hall: Ryan Blackledge, Valerie Zukin and Jami Vibbert.
In 1L orientation at Tulane Law last September, An Bui Thu was told not to worry about hurricanes. The storms, upperclassmen said, were a routine annual occurrence, and the worst result might be “a week's vacation.”

Just days later, she was awakened by a phone call from a friend, asking how she planned to evacuate. Katrina was coming.

In a panic, Thu packed her things and left for Dallas, not knowing when she would be able to return. “Between the time I was called and the time I left, I had about three hours,” she said. “I got my driver's license and social security card, but forgot my birth certificate. I brought about three outfits with me.”

Within days of evacuating, Thu, along with hundreds of other New Orleans law students, learned that massive wind and flood damage in New Orleans meant their schools would remain closed for an entire semester. Joining the 400,000 others displaced by the hurricane, these students suddenly faced the possibility that their law careers would be mired in the mud of the Mississippi Delta.
 
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