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

Nominations Open for 2019 Civil Legal Aid Awards!
The Louisiana State Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Civil Legal Aid Awards to recognize the outstanding work of lawyers serving in the public interest community. There will be two awards presented at the Louisiana Justice Community Conference on October 11, 2019: the Legal Service Innovation Award and the Legal Service Excellence in Advocacy Award.


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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New Orleans, LA 70130
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