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

Volunteer with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org

The LSBA is excited to announce our involvement in a new project from the American Bar Association (ABA) that will connect low-income individuals with attorneys. Through the website, LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, 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. Louisiana will be one of the 38 states participating in this new project. The ABA will run the site, maintain the software, and provide liability insurance. The LSBA, through its Access to Justice Department, will be responsible for recruiting volunteers to answer the online submissions and making the public aware of the services when the website launches.

To learn more about LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, please click here to review a PDF document that details how our site will fit into the nationwide effort, how the site works for users, how users are screened, and how the site functions for attorney volunteers.

If you would like to learn even more about LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, please watch the this YouTube video created by the ABA - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAmHEnpB-bo&feature=youtu.be. The video is 15 minutes long, and explains in detail how the site will operate. If you are only interested in how the site will work for attorney volunteers, please fast forward the video to the 8:20 minute mark. 

The site will launch on Monday, August 22nd.

If you are interested in volunteering with LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, please contact Rachael Mills with the Access to Justice Department either by phone (504-619-0104) or through email,
rachael.mills@lsba.org.


2016 Pro Bono Publico and Children's Law Awards
LSBA Honors Exceptional Louisiana Pro Bono Work

NEW ORLEANS -- The Louisiana Supreme Court hosted the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA), 31th Annual Pro Bono Awards Ceremony on May 24th. LSBA President Mark Cunningham, and members of the Louisiana Supreme Court presented the awards to the 2016 Pro Bono Publico and Children’s Law Award recipients as LSBA President-Elect Darrel Papillion announced the award winners. The ceremony was held in the Louisiana Supreme Court Building in New Orleans, and was followed by a reception.

The Pro Bono Awards Ceremony honors attorneys and other public interest legal professionals from around the state who provided exceptional pro bono services to Louisiana’s indigent, who may not otherwise have received adequate representation or access to the legal system.

The awards and the 2016 recipients follow:

Children’s Law Award:
Zebulon Winstead

Law Student Award:
Lauren Bradberry, Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Rebecca Holmes, Loyola University College of Law
Britni Duplantis, Southern University Law Center
Stacey Michel, Tulane University Law School

Friend of Pro Bono Award recognizes any individual (attorney or non-attorney), law firm, or organization that has made a major contribution to the enhancement and promotion of pro bono legal services to the poor.

New Orleans Bar Association Young Lawyers Section - New Orleans
John DeRosier - Lake Charles
Emily Ziober - Baton Rouge


Pro Bono Publico Award recognizes an attorney, or law firm, that has provided pro bono legal services to the citizens of Louisiana that meets or exceeds the aspirational goal of providing 50 hours of pro bono services per year, as established in Rule 6.1 of Louisiana’s Rules of Professional Conduct.

Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell - Alexandria
Nadège Assalé - New Orleans
Dana Atchison - New Orleans
Jeffery Cole - Lake Charles
Lisa Cronin - Shreveport
Jonah Freedman - New Orleans
Meredith Grabill - New Orleans
Valerie Guidry - Lafayette
Thomas Hightower, III - Lafayette
Jane Jackson - New Orleans
Jonathan Jarrett - Lafayette
Winfield Little, Jr. - Lake Charles
Thomas Lorenzi - Lake Charles
Maria Losavio - Alexandria
Seth Mansfield - Lafayette
Eric Miller - Baton Rouge
Ross Roubion - Lafayette
Dyan Schnaars - Lafayette
Paul Tellarico - Alexandria
Rolando Urbina - Baton Rouge
Christian Weiler - New Orleans
James Zito - Baton Rouge
Gary Zwain - Metairie


Career Public Interest Award recognizes any individual (attorney or non-attorney) in the state of Louisiana who has devoted at least 10 years of his/her career to public interest legal work; demonstrated excellence in his or her work; demonstrated leadership within his/her organization; and provided significant service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

James Welch, II - New Orleans


David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a Louisiana attorney who demonstrates a commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor, has made significant contributions to enhance the pro bono movement in Louisiana over their lifetime, and has shown significant leadership and service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised.

Glenn Marcel- Baton Rouge


LSBA President’s Access to Justice Award recognizes a person for a lifelong commitment and dedication to ensuring access to justice for Louisiana citizens.

Linton Carney- New Orleans


For the sixth year, the Children’s Law Award was awarded at this ceremony. The LSBA Children’s Law Committee developed the award to recognize any Louisiana attorney or Louisiana based organization that has provided outstanding services in the field of Children’s Law.


The Pro Bono Century Awards were also handed out. This award recognizes attorneys that have shown consummate pro bono leadership by completing one-hundred hours of service from January 2014 through December 2015.

2016 Recipients:

Nadège Assalé • New Orleans
Robert Blankenship • Baton Rouge
Robert Clotworthy • New Orleans
Jeffery Coreil • Lafayette
Sherry Dolan Ormond • New Orleans
Paula Ferreira • Kenner
Jonah Freedman • New Orleans
Valerie Garrett • Lafayette
Keren Gesund • Metairie
Meredith Grabill • New Orleans
Catharine Gracia • New Orleans
Valerie Guidry • Lafayette
Trey Hightower III • Lafayette
Jane Jackson • New Orleans
Jonathan Jarrett • Lafayette
Victor Jones • New Orleans
Mandie Landry • New Orleans
Stephanie Lintern • New Orleans
Winfield Little, Jr. • Lake Charles
Seth Mansfield • Lafayette
Douglas Matthews • New Orleans
Mark Mercante • New Orleans
Henry Meyer • Metairie
James Rhorer • Metairie
Sophie Rosado • Kenner
Ross Roubion • Lafayette
Dyan Schnaars • Lafayette
John Shreves • New Orleans
Dwazendra Smith • Lafayette
Mark Surprenant • New Orleans
Dorothy Tarver • New Orleans
Danielle Trostorff • New Orleans


To view photographs from the event, please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/louisiana.bar.  For Complete biographies on the winners click here.  The Louisiana State Bar Association assists its more than 21,000 members in the practice of law.

The statewide association, as part of its multi-faceted mission, promotes and maintains access to justice initiatives for the state’s residents, assists the Louisiana Supreme Court in its regulation of the practice of law, upholds the honor of the courts and the profession, and supports programs that increase public understanding of and respect for the law


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