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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

Attorney Registration Now Open for Lawyers in Libraries 2019!
Lawyers in Libraries is an annual event taking place October 21-26, 2019 in honor of National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. In partnership with the Louisiana State Bar Association, libraries across the state will host attorneys for general “Ask-a-Lawyer” sessions, where patrons can ask legal questions in a one-on-one setting. Alternatively, attorneys may choose to provide presentations or workshops on specific topics (i.e. divorce, wills, etc…) in a classroom setting with opportunities for questions at the end.

Registration is available at www.lil.ivolunteer.com/2019, where attorneys can sign up to volunteer for time slots at any of the participating branches. More information on the Lawyers in Libraries program can be found here.

ATJ Commission Releases Guide to Provisional Driver's License
Through a coordinated effort with the Louisiana Department of Corrections and Office of Motor Vehicles, the Access to Justice Commission’s Building Bridges Committee members recently released "How to Get a Driver’s License When You Return Home from Prison," a pamphlet that outlines how people released from incarceration can apply for a provisional driver’s license under LA. R.S. 32:415.3.

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Innovative CLE Builds a Bridge between Civil and Criminal Justice
New Orleans -
The LSBA Access to Justice Commission’s Building Bridges and Modest Means Committees hosted Successful Re-Entry: Addressing Legal Needs after Incarceration, a CLE, to recruit and educate volunteer attorneys of the New Orleans Re-Entry Legal Clinic and attorneys listed on the Modest Means Directory.  The CLE programming was designed to provide information on how to assist formerly incarcerated clients with their most pressing civil legal issues, such as obtaining a driver’s license, handling consumer debt collection matters, and more. 

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Read the latest Access to Justice News in the July edition of Bar Briefs!
Click here to learn more about the Springs LSBA Criminal Justice Summit, this year's ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program, and the ATJ Commission Funding Committee's trip to the capitol for Civil Legal Aid day. 

Louisiana Supreme Court Hosts 2019 LSBA Pro Bono & Children's Law Awards
The Louisiana Supreme Court hosted the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 34th Annual Pro Bono Publico & Children’s Law Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The LSBA Pro Bono Awards celebrate the best in the legal profession by acknowledging those attorneys and other public interest professionals who have gone beyond their professional duties to ensure justice and access to our legal system for those without the ability to hire an attorney. Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from the ceremony, and view award winner bios on our Pro Bono Resources page.


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