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

Registration for 2020 Self-Represented Litigant Service Provider Summit now open!

The Louisiana Access to Justice Commission and the Louisiana District Judges Association are hosting a Summit on January 31, 2020 at the Jackson Barracks. The Summit is designed for court personnel, legal aid partners, and other organizations serving the public’s legal needs. 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, and much more. 

To learn more about the Summit, please click here to view the SRL Summit Flyer. 

To register for the Summit, please click here. 

For more information, contact Projects Counsel Joanna Laidler at 504-619-0106.

2019 LA Justice Community Conference Materials Available
On October 10th and 11th public interest advocates will come together to learn, network, and collaborate with justice community members from around the state. Materials from the conference have been updated in dropbox and are available to download through the following links:
Click here to access Thursday's materials, and click here to access to Friday's. The agenda for the conference is available here

For anyone attending the CINC pre-conference, materials 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.


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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