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

2017 Civil Legal Aid Award Nominations

The Louisiana State Bar Association is now accepting nominations for the 2017 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 13, 2017.


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Read the latest "Focus on ATJ" from the July edition of Bar Briefs
Click here to read the latest news from the Access to Justice Department.

"Lawyers in Libraries"
The LSBA 2017 "Lawyers in Libraries" week of service is scheduled for October 23-27. During this week, Louisiana attorneys will provide free services to the public at local libraries statewide. Some attorneys will provide "Ask-a-Lawyer" 15-minute individual consultations, and others will lead classroom presentations on individual legal topics such as divorce or estate planning.

LIFT
Congratulations to LSBA LIFT Fellow Tinashe Chimwaza, who just receive his certificate of completion for the LIFT Immigration Bond Project in Alexandria!

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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Re-Entry Court CLE
This training, sponsored by the LSBA Access to Justice Commission, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services and Northshore Pro Bono Project, is designed to educate volunteer attorneys on collateral consequences of incarceration and the implementation of a program designed to reduce barriers faced after incarceration.

2017 ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program

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 and visit the ATJ Commission webpage to learn more about this year's ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program!

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