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
2017 Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards
The Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), in conjunction with the Louisiana Supreme Court, will recognize the pro bono accomplishments of public interest legal professionals and law students during the Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Awards Ceremony May 23, 2017 at the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans. To view a complete list of winners click here
Read the latest ATJ Department news in the March edition of Bar Briefs
The "Focus on ATJ" section of the LSBA Bar Briefs provides the latest information from the ATJ Department. This month's Focus features: the recently released survey from the Modest Means Committee, information on how to apply for the new LIFT attorney Fellow position, and the award recently presented to Michael Schachtman from the Louisiana Library Association. Click here
to read the entire piece.
Register today with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org!
The LSBA is excited to announce that LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org
launched on Monday, August 22nd. LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org
is a new website that connects low-income individuals with attorneys. Through the website, attorney volunteers will be able to log in whenever and wherever they like to anonymously respond to legal questions submitted by individuals who could not otherwise afford to consult an attorney.