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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

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.

2018 Civil Legal Aid Award Nominations

The Louisiana State Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 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 19, 2018.

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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. 

Read the Latest ATJ News in the July edition of Bar Briefs
Click here to read about this year's ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program, the addition of four LIFT fellows, the new LSBA "Find Legal Help" site, and volunteer information for the upcoming Lawyers in Libraries event. 

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