The Center for Consumer Law under the direction of Associate Dean Richard Alderman has received a $404,000 grant to expand its program of helping victims of Hurricane Ike deal with unresolved legal issues. “This grant will support our ongoing efforts to provide storm victims with the legal assistance they need, from basic information and counseling, to the filing of lawsuits,” Alderman said. The grant from the Houston-Galveston Area Council will allow the Center to hire two staff attorneys, several law students and a paralegal to assist area residents who are facing continuing legal issues 15 months after the storm. The H-GAC grant is the largest ever received by the Center for Consumer Law, surpassing the $356,000 cy pres award from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott that Alderman used to establish the highly successful Texas Consumer Complaint Center. “It’s a lot of money,” a smiling Alderman said, and a plum for the Law Center in its continuing outreach to the community. H-GAC is an association of local governments, including Harris, Galveston and 11 surrounding counties.