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Americans have long felt the devastating financial burden of the catastrophic effects of flooding. With annual economic losses averaging a whopping 50 billion dollars per year, flooding has notoriously earned its place as the most costly, and unfortunately the most common, natural disaster to disrupt the United States. Flooding is the greatest financial danger among the possible hazards brought on by hurricanes, which often bring flooding hundreds of miles inland, placing communities that normally would not be affected by the strongest hurricane winds in great danger. A mere few inches of water due to flooding could mean damages costing upwards of five figures. The immediate response to a catastrophic flooding is critical and can mean the difference between a complete or insufficient recovery.
Here, Melissa H. Luckman, Esq., Practitioner in Residence of the Touro Law Center Disaster Relief Clinic, addresses issues faced in the wake of a federally declared natural disaster, from a plaintiff's perspective.
Melissa H. Luckman, was born and raised in New York, New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Long Island University in 2006 with PSI CHI Honors, and her Juris Doctor degree from Touro College's Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in 2010.
Upon admission, Ms. Luckman became an associate at various firms, where she practiced in the areas of matrimonial, family custody, commercial litigation, trusts & estates, real estate, and civil defense litigation. At Touro Ms. Luckman is the Director of the Disaster Relief Clinic, where she supervises 12 students a semester in the Clinic who actively work on files as well as teaches the seminar component to the Disaster Relief Clinic.
She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, and was likewise admitted to Federal Court. Ms. Luckman was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2011, and was admitted to both the U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York in February, 2012. Ms. Luckman also holds her Real Estate Broker's License.
Clearly communicated information and policy implications.
The presentation was very interesting and informative, and very well-presented. Thank you very much.
Excellent! Very well done.
Lecturer was very informative and good speaker
Excellent coverage of this area of law. I have had Flood Insurance policies and now have much better understanding of limitations and Problem areas with claims.
The last half of the program was riveting. Highly recommend to anyone who may experience or who knows of someone they care about who could experience flooding in their home or offices. I real eye opener.
Watching from Houston, thanks for providing this important presentation
This was excellent! Very informative!
Instructor was excellent
Thank you Lawline for the complimentary courses on disaster relief, it is very much appreciated.
Very good seminar
Very thorough. Good delivery by speaker.
Very informative; one of the best CLE classes I've taken this cycle.
Program was excellent. Presenter likewise. She should be commended for her work against fraudulent claims handling on a massive scale by government and insurance companies
Thank you for making this available for free in light of current disaster situations. Very helpful.
Very interesting indeed. I often experience insurance companies lying or distorting to get a financial advantage.
Comprehensive, informative, and disturbingly revealing about the Fraudulent practices of WYO insurance companies and FEMA's mismanagement
Very knowledgeable speaker with nice delivery and an obvious point of view. Great program.
Great statistical reporting of claims success and failure results
Extremely informative and timely!! thank you.
Excellent presentation on a very relevant topic. Thank you.
Very timely topic!
Excellent presentation by this presenter. Thanks.
Very timely topic.
Timely info with Harvey, and now IRMA!
Your choice in presenters for the issue of the Stafford Act, FEMA and Flood Insurance was fantastic. I cannot imagine anyone more knowledgeable or meticulous in presenting this information.
Thank you for providing relevant free CLE in the wake of the recent disaster, Hurricane Harvey. Very appreciated.
Very timely information. Thank you
very timely as we respond to Harvey devastation.
Again, an excellent presentation.
Thanks for the timely and useful subject.
Excellent information. Watching days after Hurricane Harvey
Thank you or the free CLE after Hurricane Harvey!
Thanks for providing this CLE. Timely given the events following Hurricane Harvey.
Thank you for making this available.
An excellent and very timely presentation. Thank you.
Thank you, this CLE was excellent and timely.
I learned a lot regarding FEMA and flood insurance issues. It was very helpful.
Great introductory course to federal disaster relief. I hope this course is updated in a few years, as more case law and legislative acts emerge. Well done!
A very detailed presentation well prepared and delivered by the speaker.
Thank you for a superb program -- thorough, clear, and well-organized.