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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

Introducing the 2019 Distinguished Pro Bono Fellows
On November 16, 2018 a ceremony was held at the Supreme Court to introduce the 2019 Distinguished Pro Bono Fellows and their Partner Host Organizations. Opening remarks were provided by Mark C. Suprenant, Associate Justice James T. Genovese, and John E. McAuliffe.

The 2019 Pro Bono Fellows and their Partner Host Organizations are:

  • Terrel Broussard, Judge Pro Tempore - Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Linton Carney - The Pro Bono Project
  • Frank Neuner, Jr. - Legal Services Corporation
  • Donald North - Southern University Law Center
  • Joseph Oelkers III - Acadiana Legal Service Corporation
  • Judge Harry Randow - Louisiana Access to Justice Commission

To view pictures of the ceremony, please click here.

2018 Louisiana Justice Community Conference Updated Materials
On October 18th and 19th public interest advocates came 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. 


Read the latest Access to Justice news
Click here to read about the the 2018 Louisiana Justice Community Conference, including pictures of the Keynote Speaker, Alanah Odoms Hebert, and those accepting on behalf of the two Civil Legal Aid award recipients. Phill Marie Edwards was posthumously awarded the Legal Service Excellence in Advocacy award and the Legal Service Innovation Award was given to the Flood Proof Project during lunch on Friday, October 19th. Information about the lastest LIFT project, FloodProof Project, is also included. 

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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