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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

Read the latest Access to Justice news
Click here to read about the two year anniversary of LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, information about this year's Lawyers in Library events, ATJ staff attending the recent Clerks of Court Institute in Lafayette, and about Jackey South, one of our pro bono heroes. 

2018 Louisiana Justice Community Conference
For two days, public interest advocates will come together to learn, network, and collaborate with justice community members from around the state. In addition to regular conference programming, we will distribute two Civil Legal Aid Awards to recognize colleagues who have developed innovative ways of delivering legal services and provided exemplary service to those most in need.

As always, the Louisiana State Bar Association is proud to provide the conference for civil legal aid attorneys working fulltime with a qualified program.

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Register for the 2018 Self-Represented Litigant Service Provider Summit in Natchitoches.
The Louisiana Access to Justice Commission is hosting a Summit for court personnel, legal aid partners, and other organizations serving the public’s legal needs, on November 2 in Natchitoches, LA at the 10th Judicial District Court.  Sessions will provide resources and direct assistance to courts and organizations serving self-represented litigants including a review of self-help service best-practices, template forms materials, court staff training resources, new technologies, funding opportunities, and much more. To register, click here.

Volunteers needed for Lawyers in Libraries
Volunteers are needed to provide legal assistance at public libraries during the 2018 "Lawyers in Libraries" Week of Service October 22-27. To register as a volunteer, click here. For more information, including pro bono resources and a statewide referral list, visit www.LouisianaLawyersinLibraries.org.

Register today with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org!
The LSBA is excited to announce the launch of LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org. 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.

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Pro Bono Publico & Children's Law Awards Ceremony
Click here to see the photos from this year's Pro Bono Publico & Children's Law Awards Ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court. 

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