How You Can Help the Access to Justice Program
With approximately one million poor persons in Louisiana, and an estimated 25% of these individuals experiencing at least one legal problem each year, Louisiana has a large number of individuals who can not afford an attorney. The providers of legal services in Louisiana attempt to attend to these needs, but despite their valiant efforts, the unmet legal needs are staggering. The ATJ Committee assists these providers of legal services by encouraging financial support and by encouraging participation in pro bono volunteer work.
You Can Volunteer with a Legal Services Provider or Pro Bono Organization
Legal services and pro bono providers offer opportunities for attorneys, paralegals, and others to volunteer in a variety of ways, serving clients directly or indirectly.
As a volunteer, you can provide direct or indirect legal services to indigent clients through pro bono or other public interest law firms of your choice.
As an advocate, you can encourage others to help, or organize advocacy efforts.
As a mentor or resource provider, you can furnish indirect legal services, such as your expertise, to others providing direct services.
Much assistance is needed and many more opportunities to help exist. By getting involved, you can make a positive impact on the lives of indigent individuals. You can support fellow members of the legal profession who provide these services. You can provide a positive image of a legal professional in your community, and you can experience the satisfaction of "making a difference". Call the Access to Justice Program or your local legal services provider for more details, or simply browse our Pro Bono Opportunities.