Access to Justice Committee

Access to Justice Committee

The mission of the Access to Justice Committee is to assure that every Louisiana citizen has access to competent civil legal representation by promoting and supporting a broad based and effective justice community through collaboration between the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Louisiana Law Schools, private practitioners, local bar associations, pro bono programs and legal aid providers.

The Access to Justice Committee was established in 1996 to consolidate the efforts of two existing LSBA committees (The Legal Services Committee and The Volunteers In Public Service Committee). As the mission states, the committee helps to strengthen an integrated delivery network by supporting all those who deliver legal services to the poor. The current committee is comprised of 40 volunteer members, both attorneys and non-attorneys, with the common interest of assisting the indigent with their legal needs. These volunteers, with various backgrounds, reside throughout Louisiana and include corporate counsel, legal service attorneys, legal educators, large and small firm representatives, and pro bono directors. Their diverse backgrounds only enhance the committee's ability to work through initiatives from a variety of approaches.

Latest Access to Justice News and Events

Disability CLE Series

Legal Services for Persons With Disabilities Committee and Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee  Partner to Launch Three- Part Disability CLE Series
The Diversity Committee's Pipeline Subcommittee and Legal Services for Persons with Disabilities Committee (LSPD) have joined forces in order to launch a new three-part CLE series focusing on disabilities-related legal issues.

The first in the series, titled "Long Term Planning for the Special Needs Client," will be for those who are interested in best serving clients with special needs.

To register on line  click here.

2015 Pro Bono and Children's Law Awards
The Louisiana State Bar Association nominations for its 2015 Friend of Pro Bono Award, Pro Bono Publico Award, Career Public Interest Award, the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, the Law Student Award and the Children's Law Award opened December 1, 2014. Awards will be presented at a pro bono reception in May, 2015.




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