FRANCISCO (AP) - Roughly 1,800 families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorism
attacks have sought assistance from a volunteer group of trial lawyers,
the organization's head said Saturday.
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America will counsel victims'
families as they decide whether to seek money from the federal compensation
fund or to file lawsuits, said Mary Alexander, the group's president-elect
and a San Francisco lawyer.
The requests came through the Trial Lawyers Care office, a New
York-based center opened in January to provide free legal advice to relatives
of those killed in the attacks.
Since then, Alexander said, 2,500 attorneys from across the country
have volunteered. In all, 3,058 people died in the attacks in New York
City, the Pentagon and rural Pennsylvania